Archive for March, 2009

Mickey Rourke Lurves His Dog

And he ain't afraid to show it

Mickey Rourke famously decreed from the Golden Globes award stage earlier this year when he won the Best Actor trophy that, “Sometimes when a man’s alone, all you got is your dog” … which is never more evident than when Rourke is traveling with his beloved pets. Sadly, Mickey lost his loyal companion Loki last month but he seems to be doing okay with his other pooch Jaws shown here in these new photos snapped this week at LAX Airport:


These photos are just too damn cute. You can actually FEEL the love that Mickey has for Jaws … it’s really too adorable. I love that life has given Mickey Rourke a second chance and I love that he’s got a very loyal companion to share it with. I’m not a dog person, not by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I can understand the love that a person can have for their pooch. These photos of Mickey and Jaws really brightened up my day, I hope they brighten up yours as well :)

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Tori Amos ‘Abnormally Attracted To’ Promo Images

And so it begins

The insanely informative Tori Amos fansite Undented has been updated with a batch of new promo photos for Tori‘s new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin:


While it does look a bit like Tori is doing the sniff test to make sure that she didn’t forget to wear her deodorant, I’m still very excited at any and all new info about the new album. After the jump, check out a couple more promo pics from the Abnormally Attracted to Sin era … More »

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Lily Allen Arrives In Los Angeles

Makes a beeline for In-N-Out Burger

Lily Allen has arrived in Southern California to begin her latest US tour in support of her new album It’s Not Me, It’s You and upon touching down at LAX Airport this week, she went directly to the closest In-N-Out Burger joint in sight to fill up on, among other things, their delicious milkshakes … behold:


Having partaken (partook?) in the wonderful milkshakes at In-N-Out myself on numerous occasions, I can’t say that I blame her one bit. Think melted ice cream that you suck thru a straw. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM. I’m very happy to see that Lily arrived here in the States safe and sound cuz Darion and I are going to see her at The Wiltern this Thursday night … and I’m very excited. I’ve never seen her in concert before so I’m really looking forward to the show. Perhaps I’ll see if Darion is up for grabbing a bite to eat at In-N-Out on our way to the show … we could even pick up a shake or 5 for Lily ;)

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Is Britney Spears Fraternizing With One Of Her Backup Dancers?

I sincerely hope so!!! Well, at least a little bit.

Star magazine is reporting this week that Britney Spears has started up a romantic affiliation with 21 year old back-up dancer Chase Benz. Altho, I’ve tried to stay away from seeing too many photos from Britney‘s current tour The Circus starring Britney Spears (so as not to spoil the fun before David and I see the show live for ourselves), I have taken notice of the usually shirtless Mr. Benz on stage with our dear Britney. Could it be that the two are enjoying more than a platonic work relationship?


There’s a new man in Britney Spears’ life and insiders tell Star exclusively that their relationship has grown from flirtation to full-out fireworks! Meet Chase Benz, 21, a chiseled dancer that Britney gets to bump and grind every night onstage during her Circus comeback tour. Turns out the Tennesseean has got Britney’s pulse racing offstage as well! “Brit really loves the way Chase looks, and she has a thing for Southern boys with loads of charm,” says a source. “She’s totally into him. And being on tour again, plus having a sexy new guy to get close to, has put Brit in a great frame of mind.” The best part: Chase is a stand-up guy, his grandmother tells Star. “He’s a true gentleman and has a big heart,” Elsie Mann says of Chase, who got his showbiz start in Christian music and calls Jesus “a huge part of my life” on his MySpace page. “She’s lucky to have him in her show — and Chase just adores her!”

HMMM … while I think Britney hookin’ up with this hottie would be a boon for her, I highly doubt that any such romantic canoodling is going on. I still contend that a guy like Britney‘s agent Jason Trawick would be a much better romantic partner for her, I can see the appeal of gettin’ cozy with a hot young buck like Chase. He sure is easy on the eyes … BUT, if it’s one thing we should’ve learned from the Kevin Federline fiasco it’s that Britney Spears would be wise to NOT get romantically involved with the help. OY!

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Madonna Finally Goes On The Record About Her Adoption Plans

Contends she is following "standard procedures" for the adoption of Mercy James

First we saw photos of Madonna with her daughter Lourdes Maria in Malawi, then we saw photos of Maddy with her adopted son David Banda. Today we get to see that Madge‘s eldest son, Rocco John, is also in Malawi with his mother and siblings on the family trip to A.) adopt a new child into the family and B.) reunited David with his biological father for a quick visit. Madonna, thru her longtime publicist Liz Rosenberg, has finally gone on the record concerning her desire to adopt Mercy James as her daughter and contends that she is following all the standard procedures in place to adopt a Malawian child. Here are a few pics of Madonna and her sons (you will note that Rocco is now sporting a mohawk) in Malawi this week and the latest on her bid to adopt Mercy James:


Madonna said Tuesday that she was following standard procedures in her adoption of a Malawian girl, her first response to accusations that that she is using her fame to speed the process. The pop superstar also took her 3-year-old adopted son, David, to visit the orphanage in Mchinji, a village near the Zambian border, where he once lived. She brought him Monday to meet his biological father for the first time since he left Malawi in 2006.


“Madonna is committed to maintaining an ongoing relationship with David’s Malawian roots,” said Liz Rosenberg in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Madonna took David, her 12-year-old daughter Lourdes and 8-year-old son Rocco to the orphanage with a security detail including uniformed Malawian police officers and plain-clothed guards from a private security firm. The entourage used two Toyota Land Cruisers to block a horde of journalists and more than 200 curious children. There were scuffles with the journalists, including cameramen and TV crews, as they tried to enter the brick-walled orphanage. Inside, the orphanage’s director Lucy Chipeta brought Madonna and her children to see the room and crib used by David. “It was an emotional moment,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I am happy she brought her other children to see his roots.” Madonna confirmed she is trying to adopt a girl named Chifundo “Mercy” James who is about 4 years old. A Malawian judge held a closed-door hearing Monday on Madonna’s application to adopt the girl but delayed ruling on the matter until Friday. The girl’s 18-year-old mother was unmarried and died soon after she gave birth, according to the child’s uncle, John Ngalande. Her father is believed to be alive but has little contact with his daughter, he said. A coalition of non-governmental organizations called the Human Rights Consultative Committee has criticized Madonna’s adoption attempts, saying that adoption should be the last resort and that children need to be taken care of by their own family. “Mercy James is a child who has her extended close family members alive and we urge Madonna to assist the child from right here,” a statement from the coalition said. But others have said that the adoption would give enormous opportunities to the child that she would be unable to achieve in the impoverished country, where 14 percent of adults are infected with the virus that causes AIDS. The U.N. estimates that half of the 1 million Malawian children who have lost one or both parents have been orphaned by AIDS. Malawian law is fuzzy on foreign adoptions. Regulations stipulate only that prospective parents undergo an 18- to 24-month assessment period in Malawi, a rule bent when Madonna was allowed to take David to London. Madonna may also face legal challenges as a single mother; she and Guy Ritchie recently divorced. Madonna first traveled to Malawi in 2006 while filming a documentary on the devastating poverty and AIDS crisis. Her Raising Malawi organization, founded in 2006, raises funds to provide food, shelter, education and health care for children.

It sounds like we really won’t get any new information until the postponed case goes before the court this Friday. In the meantime, it sounds like Madonna and her children are having a lovely time in Malawi. I imagine it was a very emotional moment for Madonna to return to the orphanage where David lived before she adopted him. I cannot, for the life of me, understand how some people can be so critical of her adoption of David and her proposed adoption of Mercy James. In an ideal world, these children would be able to grow up happy and healthy in the care of their mothers … but since that isn’t the case, I think being adopted into a family with the means to provide for an extremely advantageous life is a blessing. But, I shant get into the whole matter all over again. We will soon know what the court’s ruling is and that will settle the case once and for all. And so … we wait.

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Bullseye

The TV Guide

So let me tell you about my exciting day yesterday … I went to Target. The end. Hahahaha … after the exciting weekend I just enjoyed with Prince and friends, I was due for a pretty regular, boring night. The highlight for me was my trip to Target to get some supplies for the abode, a trip to McDonald’s (where I ordered Chicken McNuggets and got a stupid Big Mac) and then a night in front of the tele with the Gossip Girl gang and 24‘s Jack Bauer. Ta da!! While I Target, I was perusing the impulse buy options at the check-out when I found this item trying to entice me:


I’m usually pretty good at taking a pass on the impulse buy options but when an item comes complete with a spork, well, I had to get it. I have yet to eat the peaches but, again, I really only bought it for the prize inside (which is how I used to shop for breakfast cereal when I was a kid). Yeah, that was my day.

This afternoon, David and I have an appointment and then … no plans for after. Mebbe a movie, mebbe not … which is just fine with me.

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Whitney Port Hates The ‘Twilight’ Movie

"I haven't read the books, but ... I thought the movie was really bad."

Oh snap! Whitney Port, star of MTV‘s reality TV series The City, has gone on the record with MTV News to reveal that she thinks the Twilight movie is “really bad”. Despite the fact that she hasn’t read the books, Whitney says that neither the movie nor the actors impressed her very much. She even went so far as to call actress Kristen Stewart (who plays Twilight protagonist Bella Swan) “one-dimensional”Oh, no she didn’t! Read below to find out what other blasphemies Whitney deigned to utter about the vampire flick:


It seems like these days everyone has caught “Twilight” fever — even celebrities like Ashley Tisdale and Ryan Reynolds admit to being fans of the teen vampire saga. But, there’s one celebrity who isn’t buying into it — and she knows a thing or two about drama. Former “The Hills” and now “The City” star Whitney Port admitted to MTV News that, despite seeing the movie, she has yet to figure out just what the big deal is surrounding “Twilight.” “I haven’t read the books, but I saw the movie,” she said. “I thought the movie was really bad. I love whatever his name is … Robert [Pattinson]. I think he’s so good-looking and handsome. I haven’t met him.” Although Whitney has love for Robert, she has more lukewarm feelings for his “Twilight” co-star, Kristen Stewart. “She’s OK. She seems so serious, like she’s so one-dimensional,” she said. “I think [Stewart and Pattinson] have good chemistry … I just didn’t think the acting was so good.” With all that in mind, it seems that everyone in Hollywood — no matter how they feel about “Twilight” — has auditioned for a part in one of the upcoming sequels. It begs the question: Is Whitney looking to audition? “I’m not really so much of an actress. I didn’t do this to do acting,” she said.

LMAO!!!! Clearly, Whitney is not courting the rabid Twilight fanbase with her comments … I mean, even if you really didn’t like the film is it really smart to say so? I suppose the girl deserves credit for her honesty but if I were her, I’d watch my back. Twilighters are a fervently devoted group of folks … she’d be wise to steer clear of any Twilight fan for the foreseeable future. Whitney‘s comments are even more telling when you hear them come from her mouth. After the jump, watch video of Whitney‘s anti-Twilight comments for yourself … More »

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Dustin Milligan Is Getting Axed From ‘90210’

"There was just a feeling that the character had run its course."

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that 90210 heartthrob and main character Ethan Ward (played by actor Dustin Milligan) is being written off the show for the second season next Fall … coincidentally, right around the time that a new actor named Matt Lanter signs on to become a series regular for the new season (Lanter plays badboy Liam who catches bad girl Naomi‘s eye). It should also be noted that the series is under new direction by Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair (who ran things on Gilmore Girls), taking over for the previous show runners Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs. It sounds like 90210 is going to go thru a big revamp in the second season … and Dustin Milligan is the first casualty of that revamp:


90210′s new boss lady, Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair, recently told me that the soap’s second season would be “significantly” different than the first, and, man, she wasn’t kidding. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Dustin Milligan, who plays affable jock (and one half of 90210′s central super couple) Ethan, won’t be returning to the show in the fall — at least not full time. Reps for The CW and producer Paramount declined comment, but a 90210 insider confirms that Milligan’s contract option is not being picked up for next season. The source adds that the door is being left open for the actor to briefly appear in the fall to wrap up Ethan’s story. All indications are that Milligan’s exit was strictly a creative decision. “Everyone loves Dustin,” maintains the insider. “There was just a feeling that the character had run its course.” (Curiously, the news comes just days after Milligan’s newbie co-star, Matt Lanter — a.k.a. bad boy Liam — confirmed that he was being promoted to a series regular next season.) The departure of one the show’s most high profile leading men is the clearest indication yet that Sinclair’s ongoing reboot of the reboot will be anything but minor. Viewers will get their first taste of the Gilmore Girl alum’s new vision when 90210 returns from its winter hiatus this Tuesday with a hilariously campy outing that features the primetime soap trifecta: stalkers, street-racing, and scenery-chewing! Looking ahead to season 2, Sinclair said last month that she wants to “reconceive things visually. There are opportunities to embrace California culture visually in terms of fashion and style; I want it to be more contemporary. “If Gossip Girl is about youth in New York,” she elaborated, “I want to [make 90210] about youth in L.A. and Beverly Hills.” The writer-producer also plans to rely less on 90210 vets such as Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, and Tori Spelling to boost ratings. “The show tried to be a lot of things to a lot of people in its first season,” she conceded. “I think the center lies with the generation of kids that are in high school now. I’m not interested in casting people for stunt value.” Sinclair, who replaces original show-runners Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, said the show will benefit from having a singular vision. “The advantage of having one person — me — [in charge] is that scripts, what happens on the set, casting… it all speaks in one voice.”

While this news is sad I can’t say that it’s entirely surprising. The character of Ethan Ward was painted into a corner by making him too sweet and too nice. When it comes to prime time dramas, the nice guy does finish last … and then gets cut from the show. This revamping of the show reminds me of what happened with Melrose Place back in the 90′s. The show started out with everyone loving one another and everyone being nice and sweet to one another … and then all hell broke loose. The characters were reworked to make them bitchy, Heather Locklear was brought on to be the Queen B and the popularity of the show hit the stratosphere. It sounds like this Sinclair lady is trying to do the same thing with 90210 … we’ll see if she’s successful. I’m concerned that the show is planning to “rely less” on the BH, 90210 alums Garth, Doherty and Spelling … especially since the series doesn’t rely on them much at all. The characters that those actresses play add to the appeal of the show for me. In fact, I know many people who only watch the show when they know that the old schoolers will appear on the show. In any event, I’ll miss Dustin Milligan but I’m sure he’ll find new work elsewhere. I was able to preview the new ep that airs tonight and I noticed significant changes to the tone of the show. Will it work in the long run … I guess we’ll find out. What do y’all think … do any of you watch the show regularly? If so, what do you make of these changes?

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The Count & Countess de Lesseps Are Dunzo!

Luann gets dis-Count-ed

Ruh-roh! Fans of The Real Housewives of New York City on Bravo TV might be surprised to learn today that the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps has decided to split with her Count hubby after she found out that he has taken up with an Ethiopian woman behind her back. You know, while watching the reality series on TV from week to week I always thought it was interesting that Count Alexandre de Lesseps was “away on biz” all of the time … and I guess now we know what kind of biz he was away doing. Sad but true, the Count and Countess de Lesseps are reportedly dunzo:


THE countess is now count-less. Friends of “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Countess Luann de Lesseps say the former model has split with Count de Lesseps. A close pal said, “They decided to separate. She got wind he was seeing somebody and he didn’t answer her when she called. He finally sent her an e-mail saying he was with an Ethiopian woman in Geneva and he was serious with her.” The revelation came as a shock to the countess, who celebrated her 16th anniversary with her husband on March 16. “Luann was blindsided. She was just devastated,” the close friend told Page Six. “They have basically lived apart for many years — he lives in Europe and comes and goes as he pleases, but she never thought this would happen. “It has been very rough for her and the children [Victoria and Noel], but she’s taking the high road and will remain friends with him,” the source added. “She has no intention of making it bitter or becoming angry. She’s just trying to come to terms with [the separation and impending divorce]. She feels this is the ultimate test for her to handle this with dignity and grace.” Luann — whose book, “Class With the Countess,” comes out next month — has told friends that, no matter what, “I will always be the countess.” A rep for Luann said, “It is obviously a very difficult time for the countess and count, but they plan to remain friends and their primary focus will be to do what is best for their two children.” Meanwhile, the rep adds that an unidentified man the countess was reported being seen with over the weekend is “just a friend — that’s it.”

If you can’t count on your Count to remain true to your wedding vows than who can you count on? I have to say, I’m not really that surprised to hear news of discord between the Count and Countess. As I said, I found it very suspicious that the Count was always away traipsing around the world doing “Count work” or whatever. What do Counts do, anyway? Apparently, they gallivant around the globe behind their wives backs while she’s occupied with her reality television program. I suspect that the couple will keep up appearances for the sake of the reality show (after all, everyone is watching). I cannot wait for the next season of The Real Housewives of New York City (even tho the current season is still airing). I’m very curious to hear what the other housewives have to say about this juicy bit of news. You know, from what I’ve seen of the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps on TV there ain’t much that I think anyone can learn from her to make themselves a better, classier person. Perhaps instead of worrying herself with trying to teach etiquette and class to the commoners, she should instead focus on taking care of things in her own home.

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Kellan Lutz Does ‘Flaunt’ Magazine

I don't mind a dirty boy

Twilight star and 90210 minor-character actor Kellan Lutz is featured in an issue of Flaunt magazine lookin’ all greasy and dirty … but in a very good way. In some of the photos, Kellan looks a lot like Ryan Phillippe which adds to his appeal. Here are a few of Kellan‘s Flaunt mag photos:


Lutz plays the very beefy Emmet Cullen in the Twilight Saga films and it’s clear to see how he managed to snag that role. Beefy would be a great way to describe Kellan, I think. These photos are very nice — and there are more to be seen. After the jump, check out another batch of photos from this Flaunt magazine photospread … More »

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André 3000 Of Outkast Is Busted!

What's cooler than bein' cool? How about not speeding?

André Lauren Benjamin — better known as André 3000 of the rap duo Outkast — was arrested in Georgia over the weekend for speeding. Homeskillet was clocked doing 109 mph in a 65 mph zone … that’s 44 miles over the speed limit. Damn, I wonder where he was off to in such a rush? Folks who get busted for speeding usually get slapped with a traffic ticket … but when the infraction is this severe, they get slapped with handcuffs. He got busted, y’all!


Andre Benjamin — aka Andre 3000 from the rap group Outkast — was arrested in his home state of Georgia this weekend after he was nailed for doing 109 mph in a 65 mph zone. We’re told Andre was taken to the Henry County Jail where he took a mugshot, posted $1,200 bail and was eventually released.

I’m sorry but is it really necessary for folks to drive this fast on any public roadway? I’m not sure what the hurry was but driving that fast is really unsafe for the other drivers on the road … I’m glad that they arrested his ass. BUT, don’t go expectin’ any severe punishment for this traffic violation. As you may recall, Matt Dillon was arrested at the end of last year for excessive speeding in the State of Vermont (he was clocked doing 106 mph in a 65 mph zone) and just yesterday plead guilty to his charges and only had to pay a fine of $828. I imagine the same will happen for André 3000. It remains to be seen if this bust will teach the man a lesson about safe driving cuz I’m pretty sure a piddly fine like the one that Dillon got slapped with won’t teach him anything.

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‘Angel’s Andy Hallett Passes Away At 33

Gone too soon :(

If Alyson Hannigan‘s baby news is the best news ever than the following news has to be the saddest ever. It is with great sadness that I pass along this info to fans of the Buffyverse. E! is reporting that Andy Hallett, who played Lorne on Angel, passed away Sunday night due to heart failure. Those of you familiar with the series will deffo remember that Lorne was one of the most beloved characters on Angel and was truly an integral character on the show. This news of his passing is just absolutely heartbreaking … he was only 33 years old:


Andy Hallett, who starred as Lorne (“the Host”) on the TV series Angel, died of heart failure last night at age 33, according to his longtime agent and friend Pat Brady. The actor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with heart disease, with his father Dave Hallett by his side. Hallett, from the Cape Cod village of Osterville, Mass., appeared on more than 70 episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff, Angel, between 2000 and 2004. The accomplished actor was also a musician and sang two songs (“Lady Marmalade” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green”) on the Angel: Live Fast, Die Never soundtrack, released in 2005.


The actor’s character on Angel was Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, or Lorne for short. Hallett’s Lorne was a friendly demon, who, when not assisting Angel and his team in the investigation of various and sundry underworld mysteries, served as the host and headliner at a demon bar. Back in 2001, Hallett told our own Jen Godwin that despite constant flirtation with David Boreanaz’ character Angel, and the occasional sly Elton John reference, “We don’t really know if he’s gay. I don’t really know. It’s funny, because sometimes he’s right in Angel’s face, and that’s when I feel it the most. And viewers would probably think, hmm, what’s going on here? This guy’s pretty curvy.” Hallett has spent his post-Angel years working on his music career, playing shows around the country. He had been admitted to the hospital three or four times in the past few years for his heart condition, according to Pat. Another Angel castmember, Glenn Quinn, who played Doyle in season one, passed away in 2002. A private funeral service will be held for family and close friends in Cape Cod, most likely over this weekend.

I cannot even convey the utter sadness that this news brings to all who are even remotely familiar with Hallet‘s work. He was an amazing musician and a pretty damn fine actor, too. As corny as it sounds, Lorne was one of those Joss Whedon characters that the audience could really love and care for. I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around the fact that Andy was suffering from heart complications for the last 5 years. This news of his passing is just tragic. He will be missed, that is for sure. I know that I will remember him always as the flamboyantly green, singing good guy demon who was part of Angel‘s crew. I’ll also remember the man underneath all of that make-up. This is so very sad. Rest well, Andy … we will miss you.

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Alyson Hannigan Gives Birth To A Baby Girl

Welcome to the world Satyana Hannigan-Denisof

HAPPY HAPPY NEWS to pass along today … People magazine is reporting that Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Alexis Denisof (BtVS, Angel) welcomed the arrival of their baby GIRL last Tuesday March 24, which was also Alyson‘s birthday as well!! The couple have named their daughter Satyana … who becomes the first child born from 2 members of the Buffyverse — which truly makes her a blessing:


It’s a girl – and she shares her birthday with her mom! How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, who kept the gender of their baby a secret during pregnancy, have welcomed a daughter, her rep tells PEOPLE. The girl is named Satyana Denisof and was born March 24 in Los Angeles, which also happens to be Hannigan’s birthday. “They’re very excited, and mom and baby are doing great,” says the rep … This is the first child for Hannigan and Denisof, 42, who met on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the 1999-2000 season and were married at the Two Bunch Palms resort near Palm Springs, Calif., in 2003.

This has to be the best news ever. The last time we saw Aly and Alexis out and about here on the blog was on March 23 (the day before she gave birth) in photos that were snapped a couple days before. I had a feeling then that she was close to birthin’ that baby. I am SO THRILLED that Aly and Alexis have a baby girl … I know she is going to be just a beautiful, beautiful little darling. Satyana sounds like such a pretty name. I can’t wait to hear more about its meaning. Much, much love and congrats goes out to the happy family on their expansion. We love you Alyson and can’t wait to see you up and around again :)

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‘New Moon’s Wolf Pack Roam The Streets Of Vancouver

Style points

Last week we saw the first photos of some of the actors that have been cast to play the Quileute characters in the Twilight sequel New Moon. Taylor Lauter, who plays Jacob Black, was spotted with his new co-stars Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier and Tyson Houseman having lunch with Twilight Saga: New Moon director Chris Weitz in Vancouver, Canada. Today we get to see Meraz out and about with two other actors hired to play Quileute characters — Chaske Spencer and Kiowa Gordon … behold:


Now, call me suspicious but don’t these guys look awfully styled to just be walking around town as if they don’t expect to be photographed? Each guy is wearing a different styled outfit and each seems too put together for a simple stroll in town. My guess is that these new actors may have been instructed to pay a visit to the film’s wardrobe stylist before they go out in public together just in case they get photographed by the paps (especially since they are new actors). I know it may sound a bit paranoid, but this sort of thing happens all the time. The movie producers are well aware that there is much demand to get photos of the castmembers in public … it would make sense for them to not only be aware of that fact but to take advantage of it as well. Again, not that this is a problem at all … but these pics really look to me like the guys are on a photoshoot rather than just randomly walking around in town. It’s a smart move. The Twilight Saga will most likely be a huge money-maker in the long run … it can’t hurt to maximize the potential every turn. What do y’all think … am I just inferring more than is actually there?

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Levi Alves Hangs Out With Mama Camila

Port-a-Totty

Here are a couple of cute pics of Camila Alves carting around her son with Matthew McConaughey as she shopped in the flower district of LA this past Saturday. By the look on little Levi Alves‘s face, he didn’t seem to mind all that much:


I love that the scope of human invention figured out a way for mothers to be able to carry around their infants without having to do any of the actual carrying around. Personally, I’m more a fan of the back-pack baby carrier device. You can just sling your baby onto your back and go about your biz without having to worry about anything … except for the fact that you cannot watch your baby at all times. Little Levi is a total doll … whether he’s in a sling or not, he’s a really cute little kid.

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Eddie Cibrian’s Skeleton Comes Out Of The Closet

To say, Haaaaaaaaaaaay

Okay, so this might not be news to some of you (Canadians especially) but I *just* found out that Third Watch/Ugly Betty hottie Eddie Cibrian (who is rumored to have had an illicit affair with Country music singer LeeAnn Rimes) and Young and the Restless star Joshua Morrow were members of a CHEESEY post-Backstreet Boys/‘NSync boy band back in the late 90′s. The group, which also featured a guy named CJ Huyer, was called 3Deep and this is what they looked like:


LOLOLOLOL! Now, I know that we all have skeletons we wish would stay in the closet but this one is too good to keep hidden away. According to the Wikipedia page about them, the group was fairly successful in Canada and enjoyed “a sizeable and young female fan base”. High points of the group’s career include, performing “at events such as Ottawa’s Winterlude and appeared at the Juno Awards and at the MuchMusic studios”. Oh, the 90′s … wasn’t that just a horrid time for music? After the jump, check out the music video of 3Deep‘s biggest hit Into You from their debut album Yes Yes Yes … No No NoMore »

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Gisele Bündchen Does ‘Vanity Fair’ Magazine

Does your step mom look like this?

The newly wedded Brazilian beauty Gisele Bündchen is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Somewhere along the way, Gisele lost some of her clothing in a couple of the photos but … I think that the the point. Here is Gisele‘s sexy VF mag cover and a portion of her coverstory interview wherein she talks about love at first sight and how she believes that hubby Tom Brady‘s son with Bridget Moynahan is really hers:


When Gisele Bundchen met Tom Brady, it was love — or something like it — at first sight. “I knew right way — the first time I saw him,” she tells Vanity Fair recalling that she thought “That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen” when she first met him. They sat and talked for three hours. “You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? From the first day we met, we’ve never spent one day without speaking to each other.” Sounds like love at first sight. “Love is something that grows, that comes from nourishment; it builds.” she clarifies. “But there is a great feeling that happens, that is telling you, I don’t want to leave this room! Whatever that’s called, that’s what happened.” Then things got complicated. Brady had recently broken up with his three-year girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan. Soon after he started dating Gisele, Bridget revealed she was having his baby. On her own. “It was definitely a surprise for both of us,” Gisele admits. “In the beginning you’re living this romantic fantasy; you’re thinking, This can’t be true, it’s so good! And then, Whoops—wake-up call!” Now Gisele says the challenge strengthened her commitment to her now husband. “I think it was a blessing, because otherwise I don’t think I would have known what he was made of, and he wouldn’t have known what I was made of…. It made me feel more in love with him; it made me realize who he was. Our relationship has become so much stronger, and I think I wouldn’t be as certain as I am today if it weren’t for that.” Still, she’s never met Bridget. Although she considers Bridget’s son to be, well, her son. “I understand that he has a mom, and I respect that, but to me it’s not like because somebody else delivered him, that’s not my child. I feel it is, 100 percent,” Gisele says. “I want him to have a great relationship with his mom, because that’s important, but I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day.” What a lucky little boy! And lucky big boy too.

Truth be told, can you blame the woman for caring so deeply about the child of the man she loves. While it may not be an ideal situation (especially for Moynahan), I do think it’s great that Gisele would profess so much love for Tom‘s son. I’m actually surprised that Gisele and Bridget have never met, I mean I get it but, I’m still surprised. I think it would really be in the little boy’s best interests if all of his parental figures got along … but that’s neither here nor there, I guess things will work out in the long run if they’re meant to. After the jump, check out the photos from Gisele‘s pretty stunning VF mag photospread … More »

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Pete Wentz Wants Ashlee Simpson To Be A ‘Bitch’

Aim high, Ash

Pete Wentz has gone on the record about plans for his wife Ashlee Simpson to join the cast of the Melrose Place redux that is currently in production for The CW. Talking to US Weekly on the red carpet of the 2009 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards over the weekend, Pete reveals that it is his sincere hope that Ashlee plays the “bitch” on the show. Lovely. Here is a pic of the pair together at the 2009 MTV Australia Awards in Sydney, Aus last week:


Pete Wentz hopes his wife Ashlee Simpson-Wentz gets to be a diva on Melrose Place. “I’m excited to watch. She’s a good actor,” Pete told Usmagazine.com at the Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday. “I think it will be awesome. I told her that I hope she gets to play the bitch.” Ashlee, 24, and Pete, 29, didn’t grow up watching the primetime drama, which went off the air in 1999. “She was way too young, and I was a little too young,” Pete said. “I was into 90210 and I kind of got into Melrose Place, but I was more, like, a Saved By the Bell kind of guy!” No matter: Pete says the spinoff, due to premiere in this fall on the CW, will be different than the original. “I think they are revamping it,” he said. “They are not ignoring [the past], but it’s getting a new look, a makeover.” Ashlee told Us earlier she was “thrilled” to play a lead character named Violet, a small-town girl who moves to L.A. with a secret.

Ha! To be honest, I totally get the sentiment that Pete is trying to convey. The bitchy character tends to get a lot of attention so why wouldn’t he want her to be the villain. Honestly, I don’t know that Ashlee has the chops to be able to pull off a role like that. That being said, it’s not toally unreasonable to think that a “small-town girl who moves to L.A. with a secret” can’t turn into an überbitch character. Kristen Davis played a horribly evil character on the original Melrose Place. She was so good at the role that I loathed the sight of her for years! It wasn’t until I got into Sex and the City (years after the show went off the air) that I found new love for her. I guess we’ll see who gets bitchy and who doesn’t when Melrose debuts on The CW this Fall.

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Who’s Johnny?

The TV Guide

Yesterday was a late day for David and me because of the lateness of the Prince concerts here in LA on Saturday night … but we did finally get around to getting out of the house. We met up with Kirsten, Darion and my friend Johnny for dinner at Rambutan Thai in Silverlake, CA. Johnny was my date for the first Prince concert and I wanted him to join us for dinner so that K and D could meet him, too. Johnny really is one of my fave people, I’m hoping that we’ll be able to hang out more … it’s a damn shame that we haven’t been hanging out already. Dinner was fab, as was the company. Of course, we snapped a pic to mark the occasion:


I love my friends, I’m such a lucky guy :) After dinner, David and I talked about seeing a movie but our laziness got the better of us. We did grab a cup of coffee together to chill for a bit before we went home. Nothing fancy, just a regular quiet night.

No plans for today, just gonna take it easy. Life is good.

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Drew Barrymore & Justin Long Coupling Up Again?

Reunited and it feels so good

Well now … what have we here? Could the recent whispers that Drew Barrymore and her ex-boyfriend Justin Long have gotten back together again really be true? Well, if this new photo of the pair enjoying a quiet lunch together at the Farmer’s Market at The Grove over the weekend is any indication than mebbe it is time to celebrate their reunion:


As you may recall, Drew and Justin broke up way back in July of last year after a pretty significant courtship together. Something about the couple always seemed like they were a good fit for one another. Not long after the breakup, Justin was linked to Kirsten Dunst and Drew set her sights on the Gossip Girls guys — but none of that never really seemed right. I’m encouraged that all these months later the couple appear to, at the very least, still be friendly with one another. I’d be happy to see them couple up again. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if anything comes of this supposed reunion. Do y’all like these two together? They look cute together, no?

[Photo credit: X17]

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Queen Latifah Celebrates Her 39th Birthday With Friends

All Hail

Queen Latifah, née Dana Elaine Owens, may have turned 39 back on March 18 but she decided to celebrate her birthday this past Saturday March 28 … with a few close personal friends. Here are a few photos of the Queen whooping it up at her belated birthday party at Club Light here in LA:


Queen Latifah celebrated her birthday by putting on a special live performance of tracks off her new album Persona which is due in stores this July. Latifah was joined on stage by Lady of Rage, Lil Kim, MC Lyte, Missy Elliott and Yo-Yo for parts of the performance … which sounds too damn cool for words. Ladies First, indeed. Queen Latifah has been killing it for decades now. As much as I like her acting, I really love her for her music. It sounds like it was Queen Latifah‘s guests who got the best present of all. Happy Birthday, Dana!! You’ve never looked better :)

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Madonna’s Adoption Case Postponed

Extended holiday

Over the weekend we saw the first photos of Madonna‘s visit to Malawi on a trip meant to primarily begin the adoption process of a beautiful little girl named Mercy James but also so that her first adopted child, David Banda, could visit his homeland and spend time with his biological father. First we saw photos of Madonna visiting the village of Magwelo with her eldest child Lourdes Maria and today we get to see pics of Maddy and David visiting at a school that she financed which is just south of Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe … a trip that took place after David was reunited with his father Yohane Banda:


In an emotional reunion, David met with his biological father, Yohane Banda. “We spent three hours together. My son has grown too big,” he told reporters. He also said that David looks very much like him, “but resembles more his half brother Dingiswayo.” Madonna briefly met Yohane and updated him of his son’s schooling. “She is a sweet lady,” said the 33-year-old peasant farmer of the singer. Sources tell PEOPLE that Madonna is expected to take her children Lourdes, 12, Rocco, 8, and David, 3, to the Home of Hope orphanage in the border district of Mchinji for her adopted son’s reunion with the orphanage where the singer found him in 2006. She is also expected to take her children’s to David’s ancestral village of Lipunga.

It’s really wonderful that Madonna would make it a point to make sure that David remembers where he came from and that she ensures that his biological father gets to spend time with the son he had to give up. It cannot be easy for Yohane to only see his son on visits like these but it’s really great that they get to spend time together any way they can. As long as David knows he is loved, that is all that matters. It’s fortunate that Madonna has all these plans for their visit to Malawi because it sounds like she is going to have to remain there for longer than she may have anticipated. Madonna did file the adoption papers for Mercy James in court today but learned that the case would be postponed until Friday. After the jump, check out photos of Maddy making her arrival to and from court today … More »

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Jason Statham Hits The Beach

Brings his sexiness with him

Action star Jason Statham, who will be thrilling audiences soon with his new movie Crank High Voltage, was spotted enjoying a bit of beach fun with some friends in Malibu, CA this weekend … behold:


You know, the man looks good when he’s clothed and dry … when he’s half nekkid and wet, well, yeah. There is a certain je ne sais quoi about this actor that I have loved ever since I saw him in the first Transporter movie. While the hey day of the action hero movie star is a thing of the past, I love that Jason Statham can exist as a new, gentler (and sexier) kind of action hero. Crank was a madcap adrenaline-filled romp of a movie and I understand that Crank 2 is even more raucous. Alls I know is any movie that features Jason Statham in any state of undress has a pretty good chance of getting me to pony up for a ticket. Oh la la, indeed.

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Hayden Panettiere Does British ‘In Style’ Magazine

Glam bam, thank you ma'am

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of British In Style magazine lookin’ super glamorous in her accompanying photospread. In her coverstory interview, she reveals her desire to be a mother to 4 children in order to fulfill her desires as an Italian woman … or some such nonsense. Here is Hayden‘s In Style mag cover and a portion of her interview:


Hayden Panettiere found fame in the cult US TV show Heroes as a strong-willed teenager. But in real life the actress feels much more grown up, as she shows in her latest photoshoot for In Style magazine. Despite being only 19 blonde-haired Hayden reveals she is planning a large family. “I always said I want four kids – I love kids,” she said. “I would love to be a mum and to have a family – for Italians, it’s the most important thing you can have.” But Hayden says she would not want her children to follow her into the acting world. “I think you have to be a pretty strong person to enter the industry that young and not be affected by it,” she said. “I was lucky, but I’d never want my kids to be subject to that much criticism at such a young age.” However Hayden may have to wait before she starts her family. Last month she broke up with her 31-year-old Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, with sources citing the 12-year age gap as a factor.

I think at 19, she’s got time to worry about the 4 kids later on. Tho, I can understand where she is coming from. Believe it or not, a certain someone I know who is very close to me as informed me that he would like to have a large family since he grew up with 3 other siblings very close in age. I don’t know about Hayden‘s readiness to have so many babies but I know I’m not quite there yet … and I’m just a wee bit older than 19. But, you know what, do your thang girl … have your babies if you like. In the meantime, why don’t we just check out a few photos from Hayden‘s In Style mag photospread … More »

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John Mayer Smells The Love From His Fans

Odoriferous

On Saturday we saw photos of John Mayer playing host aboard the Mayercraft Carrier cruise ship that transported 3,000 fans to Mexico and back for a 4-day pleasure/concert cruise. In addition to entertaining his guests with his interesting outfit choices, John also played nightly concerts for his fans — even taking requests from the audience … requests like sniffing a pair of mankini that were thrown on stage for him:


Now, I realize that John Mayer has got made love for his fans but I dunno … I’m not sure I’d sniff anything that was thrown at me from a random stranger. That mankini could’ve been worn by anybody. The cruelest joke ever would be if someone tossed John‘s own mankini on stage for him to sniff — blaurgh! That’s fan devotion right there.

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Zac Efron: Wax On, Wax Off

Zac Efron made a recent visit to Europe to do some promo for his upcoming new film 17 Again and appeared to be very lax in his personal grooming habits. First he showed up to a photocall in France wearing a t-shirt that was covered in stains (ew) and then he showed up at a premiere screening in the UK with a huge glob of ear wax seeping out of his ear (gross) …


… a sight that was not lost on his admirers here in the States because upon his arrival back in SoCal, he and girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens were showered with gifts to ensure that Zac‘s waxy build-up problem goes away:


LOLOLOL! Someone decided to pummel Zanessa with Q-Tips as they made their way out of Beso restaurant here in LA Saturday night. The best part — one of the Q-Tips got stuck in Vanessa‘s hair! You may also note that Zac‘s ear canals were covered by his hair in these second photos … so who knows what ICK may be hiding underneath. After the jump, check out video of Zanessa getting showered with Q-TipsMore »

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Spending The Night With Prince

The TV Guide

Lawd. Today is a particularly late day for me since it’s almost 5pm and I’m still working. As some of you may be aware, I attended three Prince concerts here in LA last night/this morning — all in a row — and, as a result, my day today is running behind. The first show was at the Nokia Theater, the second show was at The Conga Room and the third show was at Club Nokia. While I had the time of my life, the night wasn’t without its snags. Overall, tho, nothing could mar the fact that seeing Prince perform three shows in a row all in one night was one of the best concert memories of my life. Here are a few photos that were snapped professionally of Prince‘s first show at the Nokia Theater last night:


The first show was the one that was filled with the most Prince hits, which I’m sure delighted the mass Prince fan population that likes to attend his shows. I took my friend Johnny with me to the first show and we had a blast. Johnny had never seen Prince perform live before so I knew he was in for a treat. The tix I purchased for the first show were got thru the LOTUSFLOW3R.com website — natch, we got great pit tickets right in front of the stage. It was so much fun, I can’t even tell you. Johnny and I were having a great time … and when Sheila E. came out for the encore? Man, we lost our minds. So much fun!! Here are some of the cameraphone pics that I managed to take last night. I got some pics from the first show and the third show but none from the second, more intimate show. I didn’t want to risk gettin’ into trubs so I took no pics at the Conga Room:


I got to hang out with my friend Daniel and his friend Staci at the Conga Room and then David came out for the very late third show.


I’ve read a few fan reviews of the shows this morning and they are deffo mixed. I, personally, had a blast … seeing all 3 shows added up to one helluva master setlist for the night. After the jump, check out the full setlists for all three shows and check out a short cameraphone video I manged to sneak of the end of Purple RainMore »

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Hot Dude Of The Week: Adam

Weekend Hotness

It is time again to gawk and gander at this week’s installment of the Hot Dude of the Week. Since it’s sunny and warm here in SoCal this fine Sunday, I thought it would be nice to enjoy the Weekend Hotness in a beach setting with a nice chap named Adam to help spread the hotness:

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While I’m not really feeling the stone washed jeans on Mr. Adam here, I don’t really think that his pantswear should be the focus. Hot Dudes of the Week like Adam work very hard to get their bodies in pique physical condition and that should be the real focus, yes? Mebbe next time, Adam can just lose the pants altogether and then we’d all be happy ;)

It’s still a bit early to be talking about this but the folks at All American Guys are planning a big 10th Anniversary bash here in SoCal this Summer and I hear it’s going to be a pretty spectacular event. I don’t know all the deets but as long as they have a nice selection of Hot Dudes to attend, I know I’m gonna be there. I’ll have more info on the shindig as the All American Guys 10th Anniversary Celebration draws near … hopefully I’ll have more pics to share, too ;)

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Ashton Kutcher Gets His Kicks On The Set Of His New Film

Lights! Camera! Action Hero!

Yesterday we saw a few very interesting photos of actor Ashton Kutcher on the French set of his new film Five Killers which is currently in production in Nice. As you may recall, a mostly nekkid Ashton was photographed straddling an anchor chain as he tried to scale aboard the ship (which is sure to make sense to the plot by the time the whole thing is completed). Today we get to see a few more pictures from the set of Five Killers … this time, Ashton is photographed whippin’ some ass … er, or pretending to whip some ass, rather. At least he’s still mostly nekkid, behold:


It’s unclear if this new film is actually an action movie or if it’s a comedy or what. I don’t personally believe that Ashton can necessarily pull off his own action flick but who am I to judge … he’s mostly nekkid and, really, that’s all that matters :) I must had it to the lad for gettin’ his bod in such fine shape. The fact that we can see all of his rippling muscles from such a distance is a testament to his physical fitness. While I have no interest in seeing this film when it comes out (at least, at this point) I am very much interested in seeing more photos of the filming of this movie. Mostly nekkid is the key … bring it on.

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Halle Berry Takes Sleepy Nahla Out & About

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Here are a few really cute pics of mama Halle Berry and her little princess Nahla Ariela enjoying a lovely afternoon of shopping together this weekend … unfortch, tho, Nahla was more interested in sleeping than shopping:


OMG … so cute!! Even after an outfit change, Nahla seems no more interested in sleeping and even more so in drooling on her mother’s shoulder. This little girl is absolutely adorable. We don’t get to see much of little Miss Nahla out and about so these pics are a real treat. Tutu? Seriously, the cutest thing ever. Get some sleep, Nahla … we’ll be right here waiting for you to wake up ;)

[Photo credit: X17]

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ Gets A Teaser Poster

Elementary, my dear readers

After a few months of seeing photos from the London and NYC sets of the new Guy Ritchie directed film Sherlock Holmes (which stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Sherlock and Jude Law as Watson) today we finally get to see the first teaser poster for the film … behold:


It’s not too bad … but because it’s a teaser poster, it doesn’t offer much. At least we get to see Holmes in his trademark hat with his iconic pipe. Because the movie is still 9 months away (the entire incubation period of a human being) I think we’re pretty lucky to get to see anything this early at all. I’m looking forward to more promo images from the film soon, tho. I want more of the Jude’stache. It’s been far too long since we’ve seen that hairy wonderfulness here on the blog ;)

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Jake Gyllenhaal Unsuccessfully Hides From The Paparazzi

Valiant effort

Yesterday we saw photos of Jake Gyllenhaal proudly showing off his arms after a hot afternoon workout here in SoCal. It would seem that since those photos were taken, Jakey poo has had a change of heart in the showing off department. Here are a couple photos of Jake making his way out of a local grocer trying to unsuccessfully become invisible behind his shopping bag full of groceries:


So silly. I don’t understand the thought process behind the notion that someone who wishes to not be photographed decides to hide behind a bag or under a sheet to dissuade photographs … but really result in even more ridiculous photos of the person than if they hadn’t even bothered to hide in the first place. To his credit, Jakey did opt for paper over plastic … so at least he’s being environmentally sound as he foolishly tries to evade being photographed.

[Photo credit: X17]

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Madonna Arrives In Malawi

Will she be returning with her new daughter?

Last week we learned that Madonna was planning a trip to Malawi in order to move ahead with the adoption of a Malawian girl named Mercy James. She is said to be currently petitioning the court in Malawi to hear her adoption case. It was reported that Maddy was planning to be in Malawi this weekend and that her case might be heard as early as Monday. Madonna has, in fact, made her way to Malawi and was seen with her eldest child, Lourdes Maria, in the village of Magwelo on the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi yesterday afternoon … but she refused to talk at all about the adoption when queried by reporters. Here are a few photos:


Madonna dashed from the airport to an impoverished Malawi village to discuss a school she is planning to build, saying nothing to the hordes of reporters on her trail Sunday about whether she is planning to start the process of adopting a second Malawian child. The singer, casually dressed in a white fedora, walked in Chinkhota, a village near the capital of this AIDS- and poverty-stricken southern African country, holding the hand of her 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes. Dozens of reporters looked on. The 50-year-old Madonna refused to answer questions about reports that she was in Malawi to adopt a 4-year-old girl. She said it was “amazing” to be back in the country where she runs a charity organization and from where she adopted her son David, 3, last year. Then she rushed away in a convoy of at least three sport utility vehicles, as crowds of shouting, waving children ran after her. Madonna was expected to appear Monday in court in Lilongwe, the capital, to sign adoption papers. A security guard with the convoy said Madonna spoke to villagers about building a school, and she was seen looking at an artist’s impression of the proposed building … It was not clear if the school she discussed Sunday was her proposed Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. A Malawian welfare official and another person involved in the adoption proceedings have said the girl Madonna is hoping to adopt is about 4 years old and her unmarried mother died soon after she was born. The girl’s father is believed to be alive but no other details were available. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is considered sensitive. A U.S. government official has also confirmed that an adoption bid by Madonna, an American citizen, is under way. Madonna has faced harsh criticism for years over David’s adoption. Children’s advocacy groups accused her of wielding her immense wealth and influence to circumvent Malawian law requiring an 18- to 24-month assessment period before adoption. But locals were not so condemning. Wilson Kalibwanji, a resident of Chinkhota, said he would willingly place his own son in her care to ensure the boy a better life. “We are poor people,” he said Sunday. “If a child’s mother dies, it is hard for the man to bring the child up.” Austin Msowoya, legal researcher with Malawi’s Law Commission, played down concerns that a second adoption by Madonna would violate any laws. He said the best interests of the child would be taken into account — whether that was staying in an orphanage in Malawi or getting “an education with Madonna.” “When you look at these two options, then perhaps it becomes in the best interests of the child to allow the adoption if the parents and the guardians consent to it,” he told Associated Press Television News on Saturday … Madonna told Malawi’s The Nation newspaper that she was considering another adoption but would only do it if she had “the support of the Malawian people and government.” If the adoption goes through, Madonna would become a single mother of four. She also has an 8-year-old son, Rocco, with former husband and British film director Guy Ritchie and her daughter Lourdes from a previous relationship.

I suspect that despite the criticism that has been drawn by Madonna‘s desire to adopt again from Malawi, she will be successful in her bid. Again, it is my personal belief that she should be allowed to adopt again from Malawi. As mentioned in the article, I imagine it is extremely difficult for the impoverished people of Malawi to care for their children when one of the parents dies. It would be amazing if all of the orphans could be placed in loving homes that could care for them. I totally understand where the criticism comes from but I cannot help but believe that an adopted child would life a very happier life in Madonna‘s care. Despite what anyone thinks of her, I’m convinced she is a loving and caring mother. I hope she is able to bring little Mercy James home to live with her family.

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Pug Dilton Party In New Jersey

My apologies to the Garden State

Yesterday we saw a few photos of Paris Hilton and her new man Doug Reinhardt whooping it up on a beach in Miami, FL and then we learned by way of her My Space blog that she and Doug were “assaulted for no reason” at a club later that night (due to technical difficulties with my site, my Paris blog post was deleted but her original post can be read HERE). Since Paris described a scenario where Doug was punched in the face and he had to fight off “like 6 guys”, surely there’d be some evidence of injury on his person. Here are a few new photos of Pug Dilton partying it up at a club in New Jersey last night … he looks fine to me:


HMMMMMMMMM … I’m now starting to seriously doubt that Doug Reinhardt got into a fight with 6 guys in order to defend Paris from injury. Something tells me that Doug prolly got tossed out of the club in Miami and that was that. In any event, Pug Dilton continue to take their show on the road. Who knows where the couple will end up next. Who knows what trubs the pair of them will get into at their next stop. Alls I know is … I can’t wait to find out.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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The Beckham Bunch Fly Off Into The Wild Blue Yonder

Next stop, Italy?

Here are a few photos of Vicki B. and her three young sons as they made their arrival at LAX Airport yesterday bound, presumably, for Europe where they will likely meet up with daddy David Beckham. The kids seemed to be having a great time with the paps while VB wasn’t interested in any of it, natch. Check it out:


OMG, I love little Cruz so much … that kid is gonna grow into a pistol, I can just tell. Romeo and Brooklyn are growing up so fast, pretty soon they’ll be old enough to decide whether they want to make these international flights with their mom … or all by themselves. It’s been quite some time since Becks was able to spend time with his children, I’m sure he’s looking forward to their arrival. I hope we’ll get to see some photos of the happy reunion. Some of my fave pics of Becks are the ones where he’s with his sons.

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Prince Makes Folks ‘Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful’

The TV Guide

Yesterday afternoon was my last visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Burbank, CA for the third of Prince‘s three appearances on the show. As you may recall, I was able to give away 2 sets of 2 tickets for some Pink readers to attend the taping as well and it was my extreme pleasure to meet them all. Here is what the ticket looked like for yesterday’s Prince performance on the outdoor stage of The Tonight Show:


I opted out of going inside for the taping so that I could get a prime spot in front of the stage for the performance. Prince did not disappoint … her performed the song Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful from his new album LOTUSFLOW3R on the show and then performed 2 more songs after the cameras finished rolling. We also got to see him perform Crimson & Clover and Play That Funky Music. For Funky Music, he brought a male fan on stage to sing the vocal … and then hand him his guitar to strum on stage. Truly, that Prince fan got the thrill of a lifetime.

After the performance, I was able to meet up with Pink reader Melissa and her friend Lindsay as well as Mark and his wife Kelly:


Mark and Melissa were the lucky readers whose emails I picked at random to win the tickets. They were both so nice as were their guests … I really enjoyed meeting them all and I was thrilled that they were able to attend yesterday’s taping.

After all of that fun was over, I had to jet home to change so that I could meet up with my friend Mike for our Friendaversary date. Mike and I are celebrating our 2 year anniversary as friends this month so last night we did dinner and a movie. We decided to see I Love You, Man in order to honor our own bromance:


I Love You, Man is a great film. It’s funny and sweet and really funny … and really sweet. I loved the whole thing. There is a gay undercurrent in the film (in addition to the fact that Andy Samberg‘s character is gay) that was treated respectfully I think. It’s films like this that prove that you can have fun with sexuality and not be offensive to anyone. I wholly endorse this film … Paul Rudd and Jason Segal are so great together. I’m bummed that David didn’t get to see it … I might have to take him to see it later on :)

Tonight is gonna be a big night. I’m seeing Prince perform at the Nokia Theater at 7pm and then at the Conga Room at 9:30pm and then at Club Nokia at midnight. My friend Johnny is joining me for the first show, I’ll be hangin’ with my friend Daniel for the second show and David will be attending the midnight show. I am so excited … so much Prince all at once … I can’t wait. I’ll do my best to have all the deets for y’all tomorrow … here’s hoping I don’t die in the process. I’ve never attended 3 concerts in one night before … hopefully I can hang. We’ll see …

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Heigl wants to stay on 'Grey's, Robbie reunites with Take That, Osbournes return to TV
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PITNB Readers, 032809

Nieces, Nephews and lots of snow

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Dian from Bali, Indonesia sends in a pic with her adorable 8 month old niece Bianca who loves to rock out to M.I.A.‘s song Paper PlanesCourtney sends in a pic with a few friends at Britney Spears‘s recent concert stop in Washington DC — Hilary from Richmond, VA sends in a pic from the New Kids on the Block concert stop in Baltimore, MD — Hannah sends in a cute pic of her nephew who looks like he could grow up to be the next Robert PattinsonKaci sends in a pic of her new Maltese puppy named SophiePriscilla from Tulsa, OK sends in a pic of some of the snow that has fallen in Oklahoma yesterday after the warm and sunny week they enjoyed earlier:


Thank you all so much for another batch of really fun photos. I love that each week photos get sent in from around the world and I love that we all get to share them together. Much love to you all for all the fun pics that get sent in week after week … please keep them coming, I love them all!!! XOXO

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The 2009 MTV Australia Awards Are Handed Out

Thunder from Down Under

MTV Australia handed out their annual Video Music Awards in Sydney last night and managed to bring a bunch of music stars down under for the lavish affair. Pete Wentz played host of the show while Hills star Audrina Patridge played host on the red carpet. Here are a few photos of some of the folks who came out for the MTV Australia Awards last night some deets from the event itself:


Hollywood starlet Ashlee Simpson joined her rocker husband Pete Wentz for an intimate moment on stage at the MTV Australia Awards. The couple surprised audiences with a lengthy kiss after introducing Kings of Leon performing via satellite from New Zealand. “Sorry we haven’t seen each other in a while,” Simpson said. “So we’re going to find a quiet place to go fornicate.” Wentz hosted the annual bash in Sydney, following in the footsteps of Simpson who hosted a few years ago. “I hosted this three years ago so I’m pretty much alumni,” Simpson said. Another surprise came in the form of 1990s rapper Vanilla Ice, who sang his hit Ice Ice Baby – delighting the crowd. Wentz showed off some rockstar antics by diving into the crowd as the Kaiser Chiefs launched into their song Never Miss A Beat. It was very much the Fall Out Boy bassist’s night as his band picked up the Best Rock Video award for their track I Don’t Care. US pop star Pink clinched best video for So What, while former Australian Idol Jessica Mauboy was crowned favourite Aussie. Katy Perry won the breakthrough artist gong, Britney Spears nabbed the best moves trophy, and Aussie band Sneaky Sound System got the independent spirit award. Earlier a raft of stars, including Australian glamour girls Dannii Minogue, Delta Goodrem and Lara Bingle, walked the red carpet at the award ceremony. Audrina Patridge from US reality TV show The Hills delivered gossip from the red carpet, joined by MTV presenters Darren McMullen, Ruby Rose and Maz Compton. US band The Killers opened the show at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour, followed by The Fray, Mauboy, Sia, Kaiser Chiefs, and Kings of Leon (via satellite). Later in the night Australian band Wolfmother rocked out with the world debut of their new single, Background.

Sounds like the Aussies had themselves a great time yesterday. For me, here in the US, it’s so strange to think of MTV VMA award shows happening at different times of the year in other countries. Because MTV traditionally has their big bash at the end of Summer, it’s weird for me to think that other MTV outlets around the world have their parties this early in the year. I think it’s really nice of MTV OZ to not only invite Vanilla Ice to their shindig but to allow him to perform as well. Mebbe we can get MC Hammer to do the same when we have our VMAs later this year. In any event, congrats to all the MTV OZ winners. Woot!

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Ashton Kutcher Hangs Out On The Set Of His New Film

Chain of fool

Yesterday we were made privy to a personal video shot by Ashton Kutcher (that was immediately disseminated via his Twitter feed) of the lad getting his first chest wax on the set of his new movie Five Killers. Apparently, his stunt double got his chest waxed and, therefore, Ashton had to do the same. Today we get to see a few photos of Ashton hard at work on the set of his film showing off his cleanly-waxed chest as he scales the anchor chain of a ship. Yeah, I have no idea what it all means either but the pics are totes worth checking out:


It’s not every day that we get to see a freshly waxed gentleman straddling a huge chain like this so these pics are an extra special treat. I have *no idea* what this film is all about nor do I particularly care. I can’t even recall the last Ashton Kutcher film that I saw in theaters … or if I ever saw one in the first place … but that doesn’t mean that photos like this cannot be enjoyed. So, enjoy!!

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John Mayer Sets Sail On His Lurve Boat

Brings along 3,000 of his closest fans

John Mayer hit the high seas with a boatload of fans, literally, as his Mayercraft Carrier 2 sailed out on its second annual 4-day cruise from California to Mexico yesterday. As you may recall, last year Mayer word a Borat-inspired green mankini thong on the cruise to the delight/horror of his Mayercraft passengers but this year he had something a bit different in store for his guests … but we’ll get to that in moment. Here are a few photos of John‘s first performance aboard the Mayercraft Carrier yesterday … you will note that John opted for nice, see-thru tank top so that all could get a nice peek at his nips:


I have to admit, this cruise thing sounds really fun and I’m sure it’s a real treat for John Mayer fans to get to enjoy a cruise with him. The fact that he performs every single night is just … brilliant! I’m not a huge John Mayer fan musically (tho, I do like many of his songs) but I can see how big fans would love an event like this. Trust me, if Tori Amos did this sort of thing you better believe I’d be there year after year.

To welcome his guests aboard his ship this year, John wore an extra special outfit for the occasion. After the jump, check out the getup that he wore on board yesterday to get the party started … More »

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Gun Show

Why, hello there!

Here are a few photos of Jake Gyllenhaal showin’ off his arms after he and ladyfriend Reese Witherspoon did a bit of exercisin’ here in SoCal this week … behold:


While any photo of Jakey poo is a welcome one and while he does look pretty great in these photos, I couldn’t help but notice that his arms don’t seem as buff as they did in those promo images from his new movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time that we saw earlier this month. Sure, in those promo images he was all hard and oiled and at the pique of physical perfection (le sigh) but it appears that his work-out regiment has tapered off in the months since those photos were taken. Again, trust me, I am not complaining at all. Jake looks great any which way … but I cannot wait to see his princely hard body in Prince of Persia. In the meantime, I guess we’ll just have to make do with these cute pics.

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‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ Releases Another Poster

Le Gang

X-Men Origins: Wolverine won’t be released in theaters for 2 months now but the promo machine for the flick is moving into high gear. After getting to see those three 1 minute promo ads for the film (HERE, HERE and HERE) and the last batch of promo photos (HERE), today we get to see the latest movie poster to be released for the X-Men prequel movie … check it out:


Generally, group promo shots like this tend to be a bit cheesy, and this poster is no exception, but sometimes you just have to put the whole gang in the same photo in order to give everyone a bit of face-time. Altho Wolverine is the star of the film, his cohorts have to get some poster love, too. It seems like FOREVER since the movie started production and we are almost in the home stretch for its release. While I don’t think the film will be a mega-huge blockbuster on The Dark Knight scale, I’m sure it’ll do very well when it opens in May. Honestly, tho, I’m tired of all the foreplay … I want to see the damn thing already!

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Technical Difficulties

The TV Guide

Just a quick announcement this fine Saturday morn … Pink is the new Blog is currently going thru a migration to new servers and, as a result, there will be a few tech glitches on the site over the next few days. For the most part, the first phase went off almost without a hitch. There was one snag, tho. The last 8 posts were lost in the migration — that includes the posts about the ShamWow! guy, Les News, my experience with Prince on Thursday, Madonna‘s new daughter, Harlow Madden on Twitter, Kingston James and his kite, David Banda in NYC and Paris Hilton‘s blog about her assault. Because I cannot re-write those posts again, I’m just going to start today’s posts fresh … hopefully I’ll be able to salvage those posts and will reinsert them later (trust me, I want to get those posts back bad) but they *may* be gone forever :(

In any event, that’s the way things stand right now. Hopefully it’ll be a smooth process for all y’all … you may see funky URLs along the way as the new servers migrate the data but in about 2 days, things should be back to normal. Thanks, again, for y’all’s patience.

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Paris Hilton Blogs: ‘I Was Assaulted For No Reason’

Whoever would want to do such a thing?

Earlier today we saw photos of Paris Hilton and her new paramour Doug Reinhardt enjoying each other’s saliva while they frolicked on a beach in Miami, FL yesterday. Well, it turns out that Paris’s visit to Florida hasn’t been all fun and games … no siree. She and Doug were assaulted, y’all … and for no reason! Imagine that. Here is the full text of Paris’s latest My Space blogpost that explains in her own words what went down in Miami … as always, all spelling and grammatical errors are her own:

Clearing a few things up

Just checking in to say hello and clear a few things up. I’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails regarding these subjects I’m about to discuss. First of all, last night at a club my boyfriend and I were assaulted for no reason at all. The DJ (I don’t even know his name cause he sucks so bad) was playing the worst music ever! I like certain techno music, but this was not even danceable and was frankly giving me a migraine. I asked one of my friends who runs the hotel if he could change the music and he said ” I’ll lead you up to the DJ booth tell him and he’ll play whatever you want.” So he walked Doug and I over there. I asked the DJ if he could please play Daft Punk or Bob Sinclair and he rudely snapped at me and was like ‘I only play this kind of music.” I think he was jealous cause Bob Sinclair is a far better DJ then this guy by about a million times. He was so unbelievably rude and all because I asked to play one good song. Then out of nowhere his bodyguard (don’t ask me why he has a bodyguard, like he really needs one. Ha) pushed me really hard, that’s when my boyfriend, like my knight in shining armor, stepped in and told the guy to keep his hands off of me. Then all hell broke loose, it was like something out of a fight movie, it was so frightening. I had never seen anything like it in my life. Doug was fighting off like 6 guys. But he was of course stronger then them all but one of the idiots punched him in the face and busted open his lip. There was blood all over, I cried I was so upset and scared. It was ridiculous and for such a stupid reason, I cannot believe people behave this way, like ainmals! FYI this is not in my nature to be in club brawls, I;ve never been around anything like that. It was totally unprovoked and thank God Doug was there to rescue me. A man should NEVER put his hands on a woman in that manner.

Another thing I keep getting are emails from you guys, calls from family, flowers from friends congratulating me on my engagement. They said they read some story the other day saying that when Doug and I went to dinner with my parents the other night that he proposed and I declined. This never happend, I dont know where they come up with these stories sometimes. All we did was have a lovely dinner at my mom’s favorite restaurant. We had all been together on My BFF Show set all day shooting scenes for this upcoming season. It was histerical and a lot of fun. But I will tell you this, Doug is an amazing guy and I feel very lucky that we found each other. We’ve been friends the past year now and have became very close. He’s my best friend, we are so much alike, we love to travel and we have the most incredible time together no matter where we are. I’ve never been happier. He truly treats me like his princess and that’s how every girl should always be treated, Never forget that ladies. My parents love him too, so I’m really happy about that. I love his parents as well, they are such a lovely family. His mother is stunning, so beautiful, sweet, funny and smart. We all had such an amazing time in Maui together, so I’m glad Doug’s getting to know my family as well.

I flew into New York this morning, I’m about to go to the Eye Wear Convention. I’m launching my new sunglass line. I’m so excited! I love wearing sunglasses and now I have my very own line! Loves it! So, I have to run, but hope everyones doing wonderfully and love you all.

Love always Paris xoxo

LOLOLOL! “Doug was fighting off like 6 guys” … yep, that sure does sound like a knight in shining armor to me (tho, by the look of the photos we saw of the pair in Miami yesterday, he was prolly more like a knight in $12 orange board shorts). It really sounds like things got out of hand and all because Paris Hilton was unhappy with the music being played at a club. Do you see the kind of power and influence that she wields? The second paragraph of Paris’s post talks about her alleged engagement to Reinhardt … it sounds like she ain’t ready to say I Do just yet. Aw shucks, well … we’ll give it 15 more minutes … mebbe they’ll get hitched soon. In any event, I’m sure we’ll be seeing photographic proof of Doug’s supposed heroism very soon … since Pug Dilton can’t go long without getting photographed, there is bound to be some evidence of Doug’s altercation with “like 6 guys” … can’t wait! In the meantime, I hope Paris learns to like the music that gets played in clubs she visits … after all, we wouldn’t want her to get assaulted for no reason again, would we?

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David Banda Prepares Himself For A New Little Sister

Whether he's ready or not

Earlier today we saw a cute photo of the little Malawian girl that Madonna is reportedly lookin’ to adopt and I mentioned that Maddy will be taking her adopted son David Banda with her to Malawi when she journeys there this weekend to begin the adoption proceedings. I’m pretty sure that Maddy and David have yet to leave for Africa since little David was spotted in NYC with his nanny yesterday afternoon:

It’s pics like these that remind me just how much David has grown since his adoption back in 2006. He’s such a kid already … and kids don’t tend to welcome the addition of new siblings. I’m not sure if he’s really lookin’ forward to sharing his toys with his new sister but, if Madonna gets her way (as she usually does) his little sister will be coming home to them soon. Move over David, there’s a new little adorable Malawian comin’ to town.

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Kingston James Flies A Kite

Remains adorable while doing so

Kingston James McGregor, first born son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, spent some time with his nanny here in SoCal enjoying a lovely afternoon of kite flying at Coldwater Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday … behold:

He is such a little doll … and while I’m not a huge fan of the Crocs shoes phenomenon, I do like that little Kingston is wearing Crocs that look like Lightning McQueen from the Disney/Pixar animated film Cars. It’s great to see a celeb kid enjoy the simpler things in life. I remember that my dad used to take me kite flying when I was young and we used to have a blast together. My dad was never one for the video games or the computers but he was always down for kite flying and playing catch. It’s nice to see that kids these days (not to sound like an old man or anything) can still enjoy all the fun that comes with time-honored, simpler toys.

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Harlow Winter Madden Is On Twitter

Well, actually she's helpin' her daddy on Twitter

Now that everyone’s all a-twitter over Twitter, celebrities left and right are joining up to share their thoughts and messages with the Twitterverse. Joel Madden, of Good Charlotte, has joined Twitter and he used a superadorable photo of him and his babygirl Harlow Winter as his profile pic:

He tweets: “Check out my new pic. I now have someone to blame if there is ever any wack posts on my twitter. Shes addicted.”

The New York Times posted an article today about some celebrities who have others write their tweet posts for them, which I feel is incredibly lame. If you’re gonna use the service, use the service. I suppose it was just a matter of time before this sort of thing started to happen but still … it’s just not cool. I know for a fact that Joel is the person writing the messages on his Twitter account … as does Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, P. Diddy and Trent Reznor. It’s because these celebs write their own messages that Twitter is so fun, so addictive. That being said, I much prefer following the messages posted by my friends … I know some fun people and reading their tweets is one of my daily joys. But, I digress … and back to Joel and Harlow. They are surely the cutest father and daughter team in all of Hollywood. Aren’t they just the cutest?

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Madonna Is Lookin For A Little Mercy In Malawi

Might this little angel become a part of Madonna's family?

Yesterday we learned that Madonna is planning to make her way to Malawi in order to take her adopted son David Banda for a visit to his homeland … and also to adopt a new child to bring home with her. It turns out that Maddy have already selected the little girl that she wants to adopt and her adoption case may go before the Malawian courts as early as this weekend. Say hello to Mercy James, the adorable little girl who may soon become the newest member of Madonna’s family:

Madonna’s bid to adopt a second Malawian child, a girl called Mercy James, will be examined by a court in the southern African country next week, officials said Friday. The 4-year-old would be a sister for Madonna’s three children including David, whose adoption by the U.S. pop star aroused controversy, and comes from the same orphanage. “Her name is Mercy James from Mchinji Home of Hope orphanage. She has no father and mother, they both died… We finished the assessment yesterday in readiness for the courts next week,” an official at the ministry of Gender and Child Development told Reuters. Court clerks confirmed the name of the child and said that Madonna or her associates were expected to appear in court next Monday for the adoption proceedings. She is expected to arrive in Malawi over the weekend, officials said. Some Malawians opposed David’s adoption, accusing the government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children in Malawi, which has been badly hit by an AIDS epidemic. Mavuto Bamusi, national coordinator for the 60-member Human Rights Consultative Committee, told Reuters that this adoption would also violate the country’s laws. “As far as we are concerned, nothing has changed in terms of adoption laws in the country,” he said. The local Nation newspaper this month quoted Madonna, 50, as saying that Malawian friends had told her David needed a brother or sister and that she would consider adopting another child, but only with the support of the Malawian people. David’s life with the global pop star is worlds away from his village of Lipunga, where his relatives eat maize meal as a staple food and meals are cooked on open fires. His father, Yohane Banda, told Reuters that he may see his son next week.

OMG, Mercy is the cutest little girl. And boy, things sure do move fast where Madonna’s concerned. Tho, it’s not surprising … this is how fast things went when she adopted little David. Not long after we got our first look at the little guy, she and the baby were back in the US going about their biz. I really do like the idea of David having a little sister from his home country to share his new life with. While others may take issue with the ease with which Madonna is able to adopt her children, I think it speaks volumes to her character that she would want to adopt a child from a country that she so deeply cares for. I will never believe that she is adopting children just on a whim … to me, she seems like a very caring (if bizzy) mother who wants to share as much of her life as she can with orphaned children. We may know very soon if Mercy will, in fact, become Madge’s newest child. For Madonna’s sake, I hope everything goes smoothly … she would be very lucky to have this adorable child as her daughter.

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Prince Makes ‘Dream’s Come True On ‘The Tonight Show’

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OMG … so yesterday … was seriously, one of the coolest days ever. My friend Daniel, who works for TMZ, and I made our way out to Burbank for the second taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for the express purpose of watching Prince perform his second of three performances on the show (as you may recall, we got to see him perform the day before, too). We were very fortunate to get prime seating at the show, right in front of the performance stage. Prince performed the song Dreamer from his new album LOTUSFLOW3R and pretty much rocked the house …

… and then the unbelievable happened. At the end of his performance, Prince took off his guitar walked right over to Daniel and me and handed us his guitar! We were shocked, Daniel just froze, then we screamed and the crowd went wild:


I’m telling you, the fact that it happened at all was incredible … that it happened on national television is just insane. Daniel posted about the experience HERE on TMZ and news outlets all over the place have been rerunning the footage. Everyone wants to know if we got to keep the guitar … no we did not, it was just an incredible honor to be able to hold and touch the instrument. I was able to strum some of the strings … it was just insane!! Truly, one of the coolest concert moments of my life. After the jump, check out video of Prince performing Dreamer on The Tonight Show and make sure you watch to the very end … More »

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More Octokids come home, T.I. gets a year in prison, Dane Cook robbed by half brother
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The ShamWow! Guy Is A Regular Person

He lives, he breathes, he doesn't always wear an headset

If the Snuggie is my fave infomercial product du jour than the ShamWow! has to be my second fave infomercial product … which is why I’m only kinda geeking out that the ShamWow! guy, whose real name is Vincent Offer Schlomi, was spotted shopping for sunglasses in Beverly Hills, CA this week:

Hahahaha … OK, I know this is kinda lame but I have a deep fascination with infomercials … for a long time. Back in the early 90’s, when infomercials started crossing over into pop culture, I used to love the Susan Powter Stop the Insanity! ads … as well as any infomercial that featured Jennilee Harrison from Three’s Company. She used to sell the Sobakawa Pillow, the Ultimate Chopper and more. While I never really became a fan of Billy Mays (who is the reigning king of infomercials these days), I have to admit that I like this Vincent Schlomi dude. To be honest, David and I even bought a box of ShamWow! towels for our home. We use them to wipe down the countertops while wearing our Snuggies. Okay, not really but … what can I say. It may be a wee bit pathetic but this infomercial stuff tends to work on me. I’m the kind of person that sees it on TV and then thinks, Hey, maybe I need that too. Hahahaha … I know I’m not alone in this but I should really stop talking about it publicly. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go use my PedEgg and cry in a corner.

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Prom Night Comes To ‘90210’

Presumably

Here are a few kinda but not really spoilery photos from the SoCal set of The CW set of 90210 of Jessica Stroup (who plays Erin Silver) and Dustin Milligan (who plays Ethan Ward) on the BH, 90210 spin-off filming new scenes for an upcoming ep of the show. I’m gonna go out on a limb and take a wild guess that, judging by the outfits that these two are wearing, 90210 is gearing up for a big prom night episode … behold:


If you’ve been watching 90210 this season, you should know by now (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU’VE NOT BEEN KEEPING UP) that Silver has turned all psycho stalker on boyfriend Dixon Wilson. Her erratic behavior reminds me of the character of Emily Valentine from the original Beverly Hills, 90210 who grew obsessed with Brandon Walsh and, out of desperation for him after he dumped her, set fire to the homecoming float that was parked in the Walsh driveway. HMMM … might Silver be headed for a similar storyline on the new series? Prom eps of high school dramas tend to be special affairs where something or other happens to the main characters. As you may recall, Brenda Walsh lost her virginity to Dylan McKay at her prom on the original series … but with all the sex that Silver and Dixon have been having all over the place, I don’t think we need to worry about that happening this time around. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what drama lies in store for the gang at West Beverly High this time around. I hope they make it good. Considering the drama that was brought by the original series, this show’s got some pretty big shoes to fill.

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Ashton Kutcher Waxes His Chest

Shares the experience with the world

Ashton Kutcher, who is an avid user of Twitter, just posted a tweet that points to his Facebook profile which is featuring a new cameraphone video of him getting his chest waxed. According to Kutcher himself, because his stunt double from his new film Five Killers got a chest wax then so, too, did he have to get a chest wax as well … so of course, he had to share. Here are a few screencaps from Ashton‘s new vid:


Yowch! These screencaps do not look fun … and the actual video looks even less fun. After the jump, check out the video in full … More »

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Paris Hilton & Doug Reinhardt Take Their Lurve To Miami

World Tour

Yesterday we saw photos of Paris Hilton and her new man Doug Reinhardt gettin’ all smoochy at LAX Airport as they made their way out of town bound for destination unknown. Today we learn that Pug Dilton can add Miami, FL to the list of cities where they have traveled to in order to publicly suck face together since they hooked up back in February … a list that includes the cities of Los Angeles, Tokyo, Las Vegas and the island of Maui, HI. Here are photos of Pug Dilton doing their thang on a beach in Miami yesterday afternoon:


These two have totally become the new Speidi. No longer are we bombarded with photos of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt smoochin’ all up on one another for the cameras all over Southern California … that mantle has been passed on to (or stolen by) Paris and Doug … who aren’t satisfied with merely showboating all over town here in LA but have to take their lurve as far and wide as they can. Speidi may have originated the practice but Pug Dilton have made it an art form. See, and people say that Paris Hilton isn’t good at anything. At least now we know what she is good at … she’s really good at spreading things … like love and other stuff. Good for her! I suspect that Pug Dilton will be staying in Miami (or at least in the area) thru the weekend. I can’t wait to see what other misadventures are in store for the two of them!

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Is Jennifer Love Hewitt Ashamed Of Jamie Kennedy?

Why so shy?

A couple of weeks ago we learned from a very excited Jamie Kennedy that he and his Ghost Whisperer co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt have coupled up … then a little over a week later, we saw photos of the pair on a romantic holiday together down in Mexico … presumably solidifying their new relationship. Today we get to see photos of the couple making their return from Mexico lookin’ anything but in love — could the honeymoon phase be over already? Check out these pix of a very bedraggled-looking Jamie and a suddenly shy J. Love at LAX Airport late Wednesday night:


HMMM … for some strange reason, Jennifer Love Hewitt doesn’t seem all that interested in being photographed … with Jamie? It seems odd that she would (unsuccessfully) try to cover her face with her tiny purse, especially when she looks all made up and beautiful. Could it possibly be that she is, for some reason, ashamed to be seen with her new boyfriend? I wonder what her problem is … any guesses?

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Second Look: Kelly Clarkson, ‘I Do Not Hook Up’

Revamp

A couple of weeks ago we saw what I was lead to believe was the single artwork for Kelly Clarkson‘s second single I Do Not Hook Up from her latest album All I Ever Wanted but it turns out that what we saw previously is not the final artwork. Today we get to check out the official, final artwork for the single which compared to other artwork that has been created for this album looks more like the real deal … check it out:


Now this is more like it … the last cover image that we saw for this single was nice but it didn’t fit with the scheme of the artwork from Kelly‘s album or her first single. As you may recall, the song was written by new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and Katy Perry. I understand that the video for I Do Not Hook Up has been filmed and is being put together now for an imminent release. I must say, I was a bit jarred by the vibrant color palette that is being used on Kelly‘s new artwork at first but it has really grown on me. I love this photo … even tho it’s Photoshopped to unrealistic perfection. I can’t wait to see what the music video looks like. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long to see it.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Spends Quality Time With Niece Ramona

Uncle Jakey poo!

Here are a few photos of Jake Gyllenhaal with his older sister Maggie Gyllenhaal and her daughter (his niece) Ramona enjoying some quality playtime together at a playground in Central Park in NYC recently and then out for lunch together at Ammo restaurant here in LA just this past Wednesday:


Curiously, we don’t usually get to see many photos of Jakey poo playing with or even carrying his niece Ramona very much. The little girl has grown so much, she’s a big kid now, and to my recollection these are among the first photos that I’ve seen of Jake with Ramona (I’m pretty certain we’ve never seen Jake with Ramona alone babysitting … mama Maggie is always present). I’m sure they spend a lot of time together often but nosomuch in public. Perhaps the time that Jake has spent in the company of Reese Witherspoon‘s children has got him interested in hanging out with as many kids as possible. Might there be a little Jakey poo in the near future? In any event, I’m sure Jake is a great uncle and it’s cute to see him with kids … tho, I’m not sure I’m ready to see him with his own kids … not with Reese anyways … but mebbe someday. ‘Til then, I’m just fine seeing Jake with other people’s kids … even if it is every once in a blue moon.

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Enter 4 UR Chance 2 Win Tix 2 C Prince On ‘The Tonight Show’ Tomorrow!

Send me your emales!!!

I want to repost this in case any of y’all missed catching it earlier: Okay, if YOU live in Southern California and YOU can get yourself to the NBC Studios at 3000 W. Alameda in Burbank, CA tomorrow (03/27/09) afternoon by 2:45pm PT then you have a chance to attend the taping of The Tonight Show where Prince will perform the third of his 3 dates on the show. Tomorrow’s performance will be extra special as he will be performing on the outdoor stage. Here are the requirements to enter for the tickets:


You should be 21 and must be able to get yourself to the studio on your own. Bring photo ID as your name will be on a list. Check in is at 2:45pm PT

I have 2 sets of 2 tickets to giveaway, courtesy of LOTUSFLOW3R.com … all you have to do to enter is send me an emale at pinkisthenewblog@gmail.com with the subject line: Prince Tickets and I will randomly select two names to each receive a pair of tickets :) Voila! Much love to the folks at LOTUSFLOW3R.com for this great giveaway. Send in your emails, I’ll pick the winners by 6pm PT tonight. Good Luck!

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‘Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince’ Releases A New Set Of Posters

The gang's, pretty much, all here

A new batch of character movie posters for the latest installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has made their way to the Internets … check out these really cool new posters of Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, Hermoine Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape:


I can’t get over how adult the kids look … I mean, I know while reading the books we learn that the “kids” are maturing but seeing the actors look all mature really drives home the point. This movie will be amazing … I can’t wait to see it. While it would’ve been nice to see it last year (like originally planned), having it postponed to this Summer gives us something to look forward to. Aren’t these posters great? It’s awesome to have Harry Potter back on the scene again.

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Jamie Lynn Spears Calls Off Her Wedding To Casey Aldridge

She don't need no hubby, a babydaddy will do just fine

Welp, it looks like you can take those wedding gifts back to SearsJamie Lynn Spears has decided that she DOES NOT want or need to get married to her babydaddy Casey Aldridge despite agreeing to tie the knot previously. A new report claims that JL feels that she doesn’t need a piece of paper to live a happy life with Casey. I understand the couple are still very much in love, are still living together and are still planning to raise their daughter Maddie Briann as a family … just not a legally wed family:


Britney Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn has reportedly called off her wedding to the father of her daughter – months after she was forced to deny rumours of a split. The pop star’s younger sibling hit the headlines at 16 when she announced she was expecting a child with her boyfriend Casey Aldridge, who she vowed to marry. Following the birth of their daughter Maddie Briann in June, the teen couple became the subject of fervent tabloid speculation which suggested they were living apart after Aldridge cheated on Spears. The Zoey 101 star came forward in October to deny the persistent infidelity rumours and re-iterate her plans to tie the knot with her boyfriend. But now the 17-year-old is said to have scrapped her plans to walk down the aisle with Aldridge once and for all – after deciding she doesn’t need an official ceremony to make her happy. A source tells U.S. magazine OK!, “The wedding’s off. They are still in love, living together and very happy, but they have no plans to get married. Jamie Lynn has everything she wants and feels no need for a ring and piece of paper.” And the publication alleges that Spears has also decided to give up her acting career – so she can focus on raising her toddler. The insider adds: “She has told friends and family she’s never coming back to Hollywood. She feels that part of her life is over. Jamie Lynn enjoyed every minute of doing Zoey, but since she’s had Maddie, her life has changed completely. “She’s happy being a real hands-on Southern mother and hopes to continue that for years to come with Casey right by her side. Jamie Lynn knows she needs to make a living when she grows older, so she’s already discussing her career options with advisers. She wants Maddie to grow up in comfort.”

Meh. Who needs a wedding to be in love? JL and Casey are still very young … even tho they already got the makin’ babies part down, there’s no need for them to rush into marriage if they feel they aren’t ready. I don’t know that Jamie Lynn Spears has made very many mature and adult decisions in her young life but it sounds like mebbe she is finally growing up. I guess havin’ babies can do that to a person. I bet Casey is pretty thrilled that the wedding’s off, too. Something tells me that he’s not the marrying kind … not yet anyway. Something also tells me that he would prolly do whatever JL tells him to do so … yeah, sigh of relief. I support their decision to hold off on the wedding until they’re ready to make a serious commitment to one another … let’s just hope there aren’t any more babies in the near future for these two.

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Kickin’ It ‘Old Skool’ With Prince

The TV Guide

Yesterday afternoon, David and I were very fortunate to attend the taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at NBC Studios in Burbank, CA. I managed to get a couple tix to the show via Prince‘s just launched new website/fan club LOTUSFLOW3R.com and we were able to attend the taping:


I was very pleased to learn that they treated the fan club folks very well … we were seated right in front of the performance stage so we had a great view of Prince‘s performance of the song Ol’ Skool Company from his new album MPLSoUND. The taping was pretty straightforward, they filmed everything in the hour that the show airs and we had a blast. I’m not a huge fan of attending TV show tapings but this one was really fun. I remember when I was younger, living in Detroit, and I wondered what it would like to be a part of a live studio audience. It’s a pretty neat experience … living in SoCal has a lot of fun rewards like this. This afternoon, my friend Daniel invited me to go back to the second of Prince‘s appearances on The Tonight Show so I’ll be making my way back to Burbank in a few hours for the taping. Cell phones are big no-no inside the studio so I’ll tweet what I can, when I can for those of you interested.

I do have to give a shout-out to Pink reader Wesley who I got to meet at NBC yesterday … it was my pleasure and a nice surprise to meet her :)

Also, I might be able to offer some tickets for YOU to attend tomorrow’s taping of The Tonight Show for Prince‘s third and final appearance on the show. I don’t have the info yet but I’ll be updating THIS POST with the deets should tix become available for me to give away. Stay tuned!!

UPDATE! Okay, if YOU live in Southern California and YOU can get yourself to the NBC Studios at 3000 W. Alameda in Burbank, CA tomorrow afternoon by 2:45pm PT then you have a chance to attend the taping of The Tonight Show where Prince will perform the third of his 3 dates on the show. Tomorrow’s performance will be extra special as he will be performing on the outdoor stage. Here are the requirements to enter for the tickets:

You should be 21 and must be able to get yourself to the studio on your own. Bring photo ID as your name will be on a list. Check in is at 2:45pm PT

I have 2 sets of 2 tickets to giveaway, courtesy of LOTUSFLOW3R.com … all you have to do to enter is send me an email at pinkisthenewblog@gmail.com with the subject line: Prince Tickets and I will randomly select two names to each receive a pair of tickets :) Voila! Much love to the folks at LOTUSFLOW3R.com for this great giveaway. Send in your emails, I’ll pick the winners by 6pm PT tonight. Good Luck!

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Les News, 032609

J. Hud sets a wedding date, Drag Race will return, another look at Anna Nicole's death
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Tori Amos Talks To IFC At SxSW

Plays a game of 'What if ...?'

Here’s a little left over from last week’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX … IFC managed to get some interview time with Tori Amos and got her to play a game of What If with the songstress … resulting in one of Tori‘s most charming interviews ever. Watch it below:


The interviewer, Alessandro Minoli, asked some really great questions (my fave was the one about the major/minor key) to make for a really great interview. I had no idea that Tori would be so happy to roast a man alive rather than burning a piano for warmth (tho, on second thought … I guess I should not be surprised at all). She is a lioness, indeed. The interview is really great but it only makes me more anxious for more — I am really looking forward to hearing more new music from her new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin which is due out in May and then seeing her on tour afterward. Woot!

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Thierry Mugler Helps Beyoncé Look Fierce On Upcoming Tour

Lookin' sketchy ... but in a good way

French avant garde designer Thierry Mugler has been tapped to create the onstage costuming for Beyoncé‘s upcoming new tour and, as you might expect, the sketches that have been released are nothing short of fierce … behold:


“The duality between being a woman and a warrior.” That’s the spirit Thierry Mugler wanted to capture with the costumes he designed for Beyoncé’s upcoming world tour, and from the look of these illustrations, he succeeded. The tour kicks off today in Edmonton. “Sasha Fierce is another aspect of Beyoncé’s personality,” Mugler offered via e-mail. “She is Fierce on stage and Beyoncé in real life. I tried to understand these two sides with my own perception of both aspects.” The look pictured here captures that duality. It imagines Beyoncé as a tough, chic, superheroine type who likes her power glam with a bit of froth; hence, the bow bustle and mismatched gloves that pair lacy fishnet with articulated metal. But don’t expect Beyoncé to stay in that guise for long. “There will be a lot of dramatization and metamorphosis on stage,” Mugler promised. The designer said he and Beyoncé share “the sense of mise-en-scène.” As the tour’s creative adviser, he has worked on all of the show’s visual aspects — lights, sets, costumes — while “working hard to achieve her dreams. “He describes the costumes as “very elaborate,” and rooted in the songs’ meanings. “Feminine. Free. Warrior. Fierce. As a creative adviser for this tour, it is my responsibility to make her vision come true,” the designer said.

Love it!! I’m totally diggin’ the warrior vibe of the costumes … I’m glad they look more like Wonder Woman: Amazon Princess rather than Xena: Warrior Princess. As I’ve mentioned before, I have never been able to see Beyoncé live in concert … but I think it’s time. If these sketches are any indication then the show will be amazing. After the jump, check out another set of Mugler costume sketches … More »

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Peace The Spork Out, ‘Blender’ Magazine

1999-2009

Sad news for music magazine fans … after 10 years as a print mag, it is being reported that Blender magazine will cease publication immediately. Back in 1994, Blender started out as the world’s first CD-ROM publication (omg, remember those?) and then in 1997 it went online. In 1999 the magazine launched as a traditional print magazine and has offered, IMHO, some of the most interesting articles and has featured some of the better interviews and photoshoots with the hottest musicians of the day. But, alas, the mag has not been able to weather the failing economic climate and has had to shut down operations:


Alpha Media Group closed Blender magazine today, eliminating about 30 jobs and reducing its portfolio of titles to Maxim alone. The April issue of Blender out now will be its last. The decision, delivered to Blender staff in a meeting this morning, came as part of broader changes that also included the departure of Alpha co-CEO Glenn Rosenbloom and the integration of editorial staff for Maxim and Maxim Digital. The remaining CEO, Stephen Duggan, said in a company memo that the company was closing Blender with great sadness. “Since 2001, Blender has provided unmatched music coverage and entertainment news in its unique voice to a profoundly dedicated audience of music enthusiasts,” Mr. Duggan wrote. “We are particularly grateful to the sales team and to the tremendously talented editorial staff for their hard work and commitment to Blender.” Joe Levy, who was editor in chief at Blender, was named editor in chief of the combined Maxim editorial operation. Jim Kaminsky, Maxim magazine’s editor in chief, is leaving the company. Ben Madden continues as group publisher. Jay Woodruff, editor in chief of Maxim Digital, was named chief content officer at Maxim. After the changes, Alpha will continue to employ 134 staffers … Alpha tried to build Blender’s circulation, pushing its paid-circulation guarantee to 1 million from 800,000 at purchase. But copies distributed to public places such as waiting rooms grew the fastest, from 13,000 copies in the second half of 2007 to 100,000 a year later, according to company reports with the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Paid subscriptions fell 8% to 768,000, while newsstand sales declined 18% to 44,233. Ad pages at Blender also plunged 31% last year and another 57% from January through April, according to the Publishers Information Bureau and Media Industry Newsletter. Monthlies as a whole, by comparison, sank 12% last year and another 22% through April. Ad pages at Maxim fell 11% in 2008 and 37% from January through April. Mr. Duggan’s memo to staff blamed the global financial crisis but said the company would persevere. “Alpha Media Group is weathering the current economic difficulties, and we are confident that with the changes we are implementing, the company is in the strongest position possible to continue moving forward,” he said.

This is really sad news. To be honest, Blender was the only music mag that I really read from cover to cover. Each issue was usually jam packed with great articles and little blurbs that I really enjoyed. Not that it would’ve made a difference in the long run but had I known the mag was in such dire straits I would’ve reinstated my subscription. When I lived in Detroit, Blender was one of the mags that I faithfully subscribed to. This is really sad news. I’m not sure if there are many Blender magazine fans out there but this is really sad news for everyone :( Peace the Spork Out, Blender … you will be missed.

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Paris Hilton’s Life On The D-List

Joins forces with Kathy Griffin then skips town with Doug Reinhardt

The fabulous Kathy Griffin teamed up with Paris Hilton yesterday for a little shopping excursion on Robertson Blvd. with a few of their closest friends … with cameras. Both ladies dressed colorfully for the event and Paris even brought along her newest pet (a gift from current boyfriend Doug Reinhardt) to partake in yesterday’s fun. Here are a few photos:


HMMM, something tells me that this seemingly innocent shopping trip was prolly some sort of publicity stunt, yes? Kathy will be hosting Bravo TV‘s second annual A-List Awards and methinks that yesterday’s outing had something to do with the show … call me crazy but that’s my guess. I seem to recall that around this time last year Kathy went on another high-profile shopping excursion with a notorious Z-List celeb … she was tooling around Beverly Hills, CA with Adnan Ghalib. That footage ended up on the last season of her Bravo TV series My Life on the D-List. I suppose it’s possible that her playdate with Paris Hilton might end up on the next season of D-List as well. Time will tell.

When Paris was finished playing with Kathy, she hooked back up with her boyfriend Doug Reinhardt and the pair made their way to LAX Airport. After the jump, check out a photo of the couple’s arrival at the airport last night and of the two of them sucking face in the security line … More »

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Madonna Plans Return To Malawi

Is the adoption of her next child imminent?

This just in … Madonna is reportedly making her way back to Malawi this week to take her adopted son, David Banda, for a visit to his home-country but sources say that she has filed paperwork there to begin the adoption process for a new child (which means that little David is gonna hafta learn how to share — whether he likes it or not) … now, whether or not the rumors of filed adoption papers is true, Maddy and son are making their way to the African continent this week (or shortly thereafter) so we’ll have to wait and see if she comes home with any substantial souvenirs:


U.S. pop star Madonna, who has said she may adopt another child from Malawi, may visit the southern African country in the next few days, a government official said on Thursday. Officials said Madonna will bring her Malawian son David, whose adoption was controversial. Critics accused the government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children in Malawi, which has been badly hit by an AIDS epidemic. “We expect her over the weekend or earlier than that…but without a doubt she is coming before the end of this month,” the official at the Ministry of Gender and Child Development told Reuters. The local Nation newspaper this month quoted Madonna as saying that Malawian friends had told her David needed a brother or sister and that she would consider adopting another child, but only with the support of the Malawian people. David is growing up in the high-flying life of a global popstar, worlds away from his village of Lipunga, where his relatives eat staple food like maize meal from simple bowls and meals are cooked on open fires. Madonna is expected to visit a site where her charity, Raising Malawi, will start building a multi-million dollar school for girls, the officials said. David’s father, Yohane Banda, told Reuters that he may see his son next week. “Someone from Raising Malawi visited me last week and told me that my son may be visiting me sometime next week. I am delighted, I want to see my son,” he said. Madonna, who began adoption proceedings in 2006, took David when he was 13-months-old after his father had placed him in an orphanage following the death of his wife. She has said he was happy to be involved in a case that might pave the way for more adoptions in Malawi. An estimated one million children in the country have been orphaned by AIDS. Rights groups tried to block David’s adoption, saying it would be illegal. Child rights activist John Soo Phiri said Madonna may find it more difficult to adopt another child as a single parent after her divorce from film director Guy Ritchie. “She will have to prove that as a single parent she still has the abilities to raise another child alone,” said child rights activist John Soo Phiri.

From the Daily Mail: An official at the Malawi welfare department said today that the pop star has filed adoption papers. Another person in Malawi close to the case says that Madonna will be in Malawi this weekend and a court could hear her adoption case as soon as Monday. They both spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.

HMMM … methinks that Maddy will be becoming a mommy again very soon. Despite all the claims that Madonna will not be allowed to adopt a second child from Malawi, I’m pretty sure that if Madonna wants to adopt again she will be allowed to adopt again. Interestingly, Madge was chatting with fans on Twitter last night via her manager Guy Oseary‘s Twitter account. And altho she had nothing to say about her upcoming trip to Malawi she did make mention of her ex-hubby Guy Ritchie in a roundabout sorta way. When one fan told her that he was glad that she was single again she replied, “NOT AS GLAD AS I AM! M……………” LOL. In any event, while we wait for Madonna‘s next appearance in the Twitterverse, I think we can expect to see photos of her Madgesty‘s next visit to Malawi in no time. I’m thinking she’ll be getting a new baby soon. I guess we shall see.

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Lindsay Lohan’s Film ‘Labor Pains’ Goes Straight To DVD

Bypassing theaters, it makes a pit stop on ABC Family along the way

Some of you may recall that we saw many photos of Lindsay Lohan workin’ hard on the SoCal set of the film Labor Pains last Summer and it was assumed that the film would be hitting movie theaters some time this year. It turns out that that isn’t the case. It has been determined by the powers that be that Labor Pains not be shown in theaters here in the US and will, instead, be going straight to DVD … well, not exactly straight to DVD, it will first air on the basic cable network ABC Family before it hits store shelves … so that’s something, right?


Fans waiting to see Lindsay Lohan’s latest movie won’t have to leave their living rooms. Lindsay’s new film, “Labor Pains,” will not be released in theaters, Access Hollywood has learned. Instead, the comedy will premiere on ABC Family, a source for the film’s production company, Nu Image/Millennium Films, confirmed to Access. The movie will debut on the cable channel in July 2009, with a DVD release coming in August. In the film, which wrapped production in August 2008, Lindsay plays a woman who fakes being pregnant to save herself from being fired and is then forced to keep the lie going for nine months. However, the source did say the movie would hit theaters internationally. No release date was available. Lindsay was last seen on the big screen in “Chapter 27,” opposite Jared Leto. Her other recent film credits include “Georgia Rule,” “I Know Who Killed Me” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” She has reportedly lined up a new as-of-yet untitled romantic comedy, alongside Nick Cannon about a girl trying to make it in New York’s fashion world who gets set up on a date with a guy who is blind.

HMMM … it never bodes well when a production company decides to cut its losses and scrap plans of a theatrical release for a cable/DVD release … do you suppose the change has anything to do with the quality of the film? Nah, can’t be. I gotta say, tho, that the concept of her movie with Nick Cannon (where Lindsay‘s character goes on an actual blind date) sounds pretty terrible, too. Might that one be headed for the USA network? Only time will tell, only time will tell.

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Rihanna Gets A New Tattoo

RiRi's got a gun

Rihanna seems to be normalizing again just a month after she was assaulted allegedly at the hands of her then (current?) boyfriend Chris Brown back on February 8. We’ve heard of and seen Rihanna do a lot of things in the time since that incident occurred but this latest news could be the most telling. Rihanna enlisted the aid of her favorite tattoo artist, a man called BangBang, and had him give her a new tattoo. At first, she thought about getting the tattoos on the front of her shoulders but, in the end, opted for a single small tattoo on her right ribcage. Check out RiRi‘s new tattoo of a handgun:


Given her recent domestic assault, one might think Rihanna would be the last person who’d want to glamourise violence. But the 21-year-old made the unusual decision to have a handgun tattooed on her body this week. The singer, who has often been seen wearing a miniature gun pendant necklace, had the weapon etched across her ribcage. She visited Los Angeles based tattoo artist BangBang, who initially drew two guns on either side of the tops of her arms. But the singer decided against having the weapons inked on in such a prominent position because of her contract with make-up brand Cover Girl. BangBang wrote on his website: “I really wanted to put it here [on her arms]… She loved ‘em. But, Cover Girl wouldn’t have liked it much… and they pay the bills!” He continued: “Ended up doing it on her ribs.” Rihanna already has many other tattoos, including a collection of stars plunging down her back, a music note on her ankle and a Pisces sign behind her right ear. She also has a star inside her left ear, a Sanskrit prayer going down the hip, the word Shhh… down her index finger, and a tribal patter on her right hand. Rihanna has been keeping a reasonably low profile in recent times following her assault drama. She was allegedly beaten up by her boyfriend Chris Brown during a heated argument in his sports car the day before the Grammy Awards. The couple, who reconciled after the incident despite his domestic battery charges, are said to be on a break. Brown is expected to be back in court for an arraignment on April 6. Legal experts have claimed that the case against Brown could hinge on Rihanna’s co-operation. Her spokesperson has previously insisted that she will “do everything that the law requires her to do”.

It’s an interesting choice for a tattoo. I dunno that a handgun makes a nice design at all, seems really severe to me, but each person has their own reasons for their own tattoos. I wouldn’t necessarily infer too much from this particular tattoo … but, who knows? After the jump, check out one more photo of Rihanna at the tattoo parlor — the next pic shows her considering getting this gun tattoo inked on the front of her shoulders … More »

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A Pack Of Wolves Have Been Spotted In Vancouver

'New Moon' castmembers have a power lunch

Chris Weitz, director of the upcoming movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was spied having a power lunch with a few new castmembers from this new film. Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, Tyson Houseman and Taylor Lautner (who we already know will reprise his role as Jacob Black) joined Weitz for a bite to eat in Vancouver, Canada (where the film is currently in production) yesterday afternoon. It is being reported that the new castmembers, the ones who are playing Native American parts, are actually Native American themselves. Here are a few pics from yesterday’s summit … be warned, the following report may contain spoilers for those of you who have yet to read the book:


Summit Entertainment has brought on a cast of American Indian actors to star in the werewolf and vampire-themed “New Moon,” the sequel to “Twilight”. The studio has hired Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman to form the ensemble Wolf Pack, who in Stephenie Meyer’s novel take the side of the humans in their fight against the evil breed of vampires. All five will make their big-screen debuts in the film. Taylor Lautner previously had been cast as Jacob Black, also a member of the Wolf Pack. Summit noted that all of the actors are of American Indian descent, with Sioux, Purepecha and Hualapai among the tribes represented. Meyer made the announcement on her Web site after weeks of rumors that director Chris Weitz was close to casting members of the Wolf Pack.

I understand that it was very important for the studio to hire Native American actors for these roles, which I think is a very smart move. Not only does hiring Native American actors give new opportunities to actors that may not get much work already but it will also give the film a level of authenticity. I’m pretty sure we won’t be seeing any of these young gents in any wolf costuming … that is, until the movie comes out in November … but it’s nice to see that they look like a handsome bunch. Do these guys look like the Quileute characters you envisioned from the book?

[Photo credit: Bauer Griffin; Source]

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Any Guesses Who Socked Guy Ritchie In The Eye?

I wonder what the other guy looks like

Director Guy Ritchie was spotted making his way out of his London pub the Punchbowl last night and homie was rockin’ a serious shiner underneath his right eye:


Now that Guy and Madonna are divorcing, there’s no way to pin this black eye on her … so the question remains, who slugged Guy Ritchie? Any guesses?

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LOTUSFLOW3R.com Is Officially Open For Biz

Virtual Playground

Yesterday evening at approximately 7pm PT, Prince launched his new website LOTUSFLOW3R.com for all of his fans to play with. For the price of $77, folks who signed up at the site were allowed access to the site which offers all three of his new albums — LOTUSFLOW3R, MPLSoUND and Elixir by Bria Valente — for immediate download as well as a vault of photographs and video clips (including his Coachella performance last year). I was very happy to pony up the membership fee for the site … here are a few screencaps of what the site looks like:


Trust me, I realize that paying $77 for access to a website is not easy for everyone but this is the way that Prince has been running his official websites for years now. It wasn’t that long ago that fans who paid a membership fee were given access to NPGmusicclub.com which was his last venture to disseminate music to his fans (and is no longer available online). In addition to all the music and video that is available on the site, members were also given the opportunity to purchase tickets for his three concerts this coming Saturday night and were also afforded free tickets to the Tonight Show tapings that he is doing all week long. That is how I got my tickets to attend tonight’s taping. While not everyone may be able or interested in participating with Prince‘s site in this way, I am happy to do so. I’ve been a fan of the man’s work for far too long and I have learned that this sort of access to premium content and first dibs at concert tickets is well worth the price of admission. Should news or important information be released on the site, I’ll do my best to pass along the info. I’ve been jamming to the three albums all morning long as I plan for my 5 upcoming Prince shows this week … thus far, I’m very pleased with my membership.

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TV Guide Celebrates TV’s Sexiest Stars

Pretty Party

So I just posted an entry about how David and I got to attend TV Guide magazine’s Sexiest Stars 2009 party at the Sunset Tower here in LA last night and while I wasn’t able to take photos at the event myself, there are photos that were taken by professionals available for sharing. As you may recall, we learned last week that TV Guide chose Eva Longoria as the Sexiest TV Actress and Simon Baker as the Sexiest TV Actor … and they both made it out for the party last night. Here are but a few of the sexiest TV stars who came out for the event last night:


Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker has topped a new magazine poll to find the sexiest woman on TV. A day after Aussie Simon Baker was named TV Guide’s sexiest actor, pretty Parker has been crowned the queen of television. And she can’t believe magazine bosses picked her – because her Housewives character Gabrielle Solis has been all frumpy in episodes dating back to last year. She says, “I think the timing for this is pretty funny actually, but also really great. I love that Gaby has been able to withstand time, along with the bad haircuts and all the extra pounds, and is still considered sexy.” And her husband, French sports star Tony Parker agrees with the magazine’s pick: “My husband thinks I’m at my sexiest the first thing in the morning. He says looking over at me as I’m waking up is his favourite thing.”

No offense to Mr. Baker but my choice for Sexiest Actor would have to be Robert Buckley from Lipstick Jungle. It was only today that I found out that he was at the party last night. Let me tell you, had I run into him at the party last night — camera or no camera — I would’ve accosted him for a photo … and mebbe a cheap grab ;) It’s OK, David is well aware of this. The man is just hot. Everyone at the party was just too pretty … it was a fun night. And so … because I wasn’t able to take photos last night, I wanted to share some of the pretty with all y’all … enjoy.

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A Sexy Night Out

The TV Guide

Last night David and I were invited, by his dear friend Lisa who is visiting from NYC, to attend the TV Guide Sexiest Stars 2009 party at the Sunset Tower here in LA. Because the event was not really geared towards press, it would’ve been uncouth for me to bring a camera to snap pictures … which is a real bummer because there were some pretty cool people there. I was able to snap some atmosphere photos with my BlackBerry:


I got to chat with Miracle Laurie who plays Mellie on Dollhouse. She is one of my fave characters on the show because you know that Joss Whedon is going to write some amazing things for her in the weeks to come. Miracle was at the party with Tahmoh Penikett and Dichen Lachman who are also on Dollhouse. We got to see Jennie Garth from Beverly Hills, 90210 as well as Simon Baker and other celebs. Because we were socializing with David’s friends, I couldn’t keep track of everyone who showed up. It was a really fun night. I got to see some folks I haven’t seen in a while — Ben, Gina, Ross — and a great time was had by all.

This afternoon, David and I have to make our way to Burbank for today’s taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Prince is performing and I managed to get my hands on a pair of tickets for the show. I’m very excited :) Watch my Twitter, I’ll try and update as much as I can.

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Natasha's final gift, LC clarifies, no twins for Nic/Joel
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First Look: The Movie Trailer For ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

Inside all of us ...

Earlier this week I mentioned that the movie trailer for Where The Wild Things Are would be premiering ahead of showings of Monsters vs. Aliens in theaters starting this Friday BUT it turns out that the trailer had made its way to the Internets just a couple of days earlier. Pink reader Brenda gave me the head’s up that the first trailer for Spike Jonze‘s adaptation of the amazing storybook has been posted online. Here are a few screencaps:


OMG … it looks incredible. From just the trailer alone you can tell that the story of Max has been fortified considerably. There is a darkness to the tralier that alludes to a darkness in the film. I’m so excited. After the jump, check out the trailer for Where The Wild Things Are in full for yourselves … More »

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Justin Gaston Ditches His Plain White T For A New Shirt

Someone's been a good boy

Halle-freakin’-lujah! Justin Gaston finally changed his shirt. The 20 year old homeboy who has an affinity for wearing plunging v-neck white t-shirts on pretty much a daily basis was spotted out and about with his 16 year old girlfriend Miley Cyrus this week wearing a baby blue shirt! I know, it’s pretty incredible, right?


OK, so mebbe this isn’t breaking news but, damn, it’s about time that JG ditched the white t-shirt for something more colorful. While it’s true that he did save his extra special Rolling Stones t-shirt for a recent visit to church, I was starting to believe that Miley would only let the lad wear one thing and one thing only. It’s nice to see that she’s letting him grow up to be his own person. Justin may wear the t-shirts in this relationship but I think we know who wears the pants.

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Audrina Patridge Promotes Divine Rights Of Denim … I Think

I mean, it kinda looks like her

The Hills star Audrina Patridge, who just signed on to create a reality TV series of her own with producer Mark Burnett, is the new celebrity spokesperson for Divine Rights of Denim and is featured in new campaign ads for the line … at least, I think she is. New promo images have been released that feature a girl who looks like Audrina but, due to the heavy Photoshop work that has been done to the photos, I cannot be entirely sure:


Don’t get me wrong, Audrina is a beautiful woman but these photos have been manipulated to the point where she is almost unrecognizable. Her facial features have been softened considerably, especially in her mouth region. She looks pretty spectacular but if you’re gonna hire Audrina to be your spokesperson, why would you manipulate her photos to the point where she doesn’t look like Audrina anymore?

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Doug Reinhart Wants To Make Babies With Paris Hilton

Uh oh

Man … things move fast for Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt. Mere weeks after the couple met and started going out, rumors began to swirl that the pair might be thinking of marriage … well, actually, it was reported that Doug had purchased a ring for Paris and was planning to pop the question. Today we learn from In Touch magazine that Doug is now talking about his desires to have a baby with Paris. Um, yeah:


Nicole’s longtime BFF, Paris Hilton, 28, may be joining the mom club now that she’s serious with The Hills’ Doug Reinhardt. “Paris would make a great mom — she’s my Angel Princess. I’d love to have some mini Parises one day,” Doug told In Touch at LA’s MyHouse on March 20. “I’d love to have children, that’s what completes your life,” added Paris. Doug, 23, is also a better fit than her ex Benji Madden. “She thought she could look past his tattoos and piercings, but Paris wants her children to have a clean-cut father,” says an insider. “And they’re crazy about each other.”

Lord have mercy on all our souls. While I absolutely support and endorse that Paris and Doug‘s relationship together I think I have to draw the line at makin’ babies. First, no. Second, oh my God no! Can you imagine what a child borne of Paris Hilton‘s loins might mean for the world? I’m thinkin’ Armageddon. The whole notion of Pug Dilton raising a child together is … frightening. I suppose it’s possible that a baby might help Paris Hilton grow up and mature but is it really worth putting a baby thru the trail and error in the hopes that Paris changes? I realize that this baby talk is prolly coming out just to generate attention but, still, the thought that it might actually happen one day is really, really terrifying. I think I’d rather the Octomom have another litter of babies than let Paris Hilton birth one baby. Oy! What do y’all think … could the world really handle a baby Paris?

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Are Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves Engaged?

Ready to make it official

Matthew McConaughey and his beautiful babymama Camila Alves were spotted taking their baby boy Levi Alves out for a stroll in Malibu, CA this week and very curiously, Camila was wearing a very interesting piece of jewelry on her left ring finger:


Could the sudden appearance of that fairly sizable rock on her left ring finger mean that the couple are ready to be wed? To be honest, I never felt that Matthew McConaughey was the kind of guy to settle down with one woman but since the birth of his son Levi, he’s really become a changed man. He no longer runs around all of Southern California shirtless, we don’t see him out on the party scene every night … in fact, when we do see him out and about he’s either with Camila, with his son or with the family dog out for a walk. Matthew has settled down considerably … maybe he is ready to say I Do to the mother of his child. This ring, to me, says that the couple are prolly planning to get hitched. And if so, I can’t wait to see what their wedding will be like … Matthew is a surfer dude at heart … so I’m thinking beach wedding. I suppose time will tell … but I’m gonna guess Summer beach wedding this year.

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Scarlett Johansson Does ‘Vogue Paris’ Magazine

Heave ho

Scarlett Johansson, photographed by Mario Sorrenti, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issues of Vogue Paris magazine … and homegirl is heaving all over the place … behold:


Well, to be fair, Scarlett‘s bosom tends to heave in pretty much every fashion photo that she takes but she seems to be especially buxom on this magazine cover. Personally, I like Scarlett when her hair is darker … this chestnut brown is a great color for her … her husband Ryan Reynolds is a lucky man. Altho Scarlett may not be the best actress IMHO, she is deffo a beautiful woman. After the jump, check out the rest of her photos from this French Vogue magazine … More »

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Britney Spears Receives Her Platinum Album Award

Just desserts

Back in January we learned that Britney Spears‘s newest album, Circus, was certified platinum after selling one million copies. This week, during Britney‘s tour stop in Toronto, Canada, Brit Brit was awarded with a huge plaque in honor of her album reaching platinum status. Here are a couple pics of Britney with her manager Larry Rudolph and some industry folks posing with her latest award:


Jive Records presented Britney with a plaque yesterday to certify 1 million units sold! Circus was certified Platinum by the RIAA! Congratulations Brit! Britney and manager, Larry Rudolph, met with Barry Weiss, Tom Carrabba, Peter Thea and Teresa LaBabera-Whites, to celebrate the great news.

Aww … Britney looks so happy but also so tired. She is working really hard on this tour but she is hanging in there like a champ. My initial fear was that Britney would start out the tour strong and then begin to wane — after all, it had been many years since she had performed on the concert stage. But I understand that she’s been chuggin’ along putting on great performance after great performance, night after night. It’s a nice sight to see our dear Britney hoisting up awards like this … it’s been a long time since we’ve seen pictures like this. It used to be de rigeur for her to receive these platinum awards soon after she released albums back in the day. It’s amazing to see her back on top … where she belongs. The Circus starring Britney Spears continues to wind its way around the country. It arrives here in SoCal in a few weeks … and I’m still waiting ;)

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Jennifer Aniston Goes Back Into Hiding

Without John Mayer, Jen is back to shunning the public spotlight

It wasn’t that long ago that Jennifer Aniston was happily parading her romance with John Mayer in front of any and every paparazzo in town back when the couple were happily attached at the hip … but these days, now that she and John are dunzo (reportedly because he was more interested in Twitter than he was in her) Jen has, apparently, decided that she no longer wants to show her face in public under any circumstances. Here are a couple photos of Jen and her new co-star Jason Bateman making their way into rehearsals for their new movie The Baster which is currently in production in NYC:


As you can see, Jason has no problem walking into the building like a normal person. Jen, no longer shackled to Mayer‘s love for the limelight, appears happy to cover herself from head to toe utterly and completely to as to avoid being photographed. I mean, c’mon … she is totally ridiculous. I don’t understand how she thinks that behaving like this in public will get people to NOT notice her and to NOT photograph her. LOL. It remains to be seen if Jennifer Aniston plans to never show her face in public again now that she’s single again but … I can’t wait to find out.

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Is Marc Jacobs Ready To Become A Father?

First comes Lorenzo, then comes marriage, then comes the baby carriage

Last Summer we heard that Marc Jacobs and his then new boyfriend Lorenzo Martone quietly got married in France, which sent small shockwaves across the Internets but quickly died down when there was no follow-up in the weeks and months after the “news” broke. This week, we learned that Jacobs and Martone got engaged apparently “for real” which prolly means that they did not get married last Summer. Now that the couple (who are currently in Brazil) are reportedly set to walk down the aisle, the latest rumor is that the men are lookin’ to adopt a baby girl to round out their new family. Here is a pic of Marc, Lorenzo and a cute little girl in Brazil that shows what the new Jacobs-Martone family might look like if they do get their wish and adopt a baby girl:


Not content with getting married Marc Jacobs is rumoured to be taking the next step towards domestic bliss by adopting a baby, Grazia reports. Since the designer’s boyfriend Lorenzo Martone popped the question the couple have been considering adopting a baby girl to share the house that Marc has just bought in New York. Complete with garden it would be the perfect place to raise a baby! Marc recently admitted that he loves to draw attention’ to his relationship, so we’re not surprised this news has made it’s way into the headlines so quickly. Is it true though or just Marc’s way of ensuring a few more column inches? If it is true we cannot wait to see the cute outfits the little girl will be modelling, the rest of the celeb baby world better watch out! Marc and Lorenzo got engaged last week and are currently in Brazil, holidaying and showing off their matching rings.

These two really make a cute couple … and whether they got pretend married before or not, I think they’ve made a really great pair all along. Marc Jacobs seems to be really grounded with Lorenzo Martone so I can see how the two of them might be ready to settle down for real. The idea of these two dads having a little girl is just too effing cute. If they do end up adopting a daughter together, you know that little girl is going to be stylin’ from head to her little toes. Congrats to the couple on their engagement and here’s hoping they are able to expand their family with a child of their own.

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How Lance Bass Makes Friends

"Looking for Friendship, 1-on-1 Sex, Relationship, Cam2Cam"

Last Friday we saw a bunch of photos of Lance Bass on holiday with some male friends at a tropical resort and I guessed that mebbe Lance was more than “just friends” with one of the guys in the photos, Brazilian screenwriter Gustavo Marzolla (the two did look pretty cozy in a couple of the pics). Today, we learn from the blog Oh, Bitch Pleez (great name, btw) that Gustavo has an online profile at the gay hookup site Adam4Adam (site NSFW). Could this be the way that Lance and Gustavo got to know one another?


HMMM … there is an awful lot of information available on Gustavo‘s Adam4Adam profile … I can see one, two or 8″ things on the profile that might’ve caught Lance‘s eye … and the profile pic ain’t too shabby either. In the end, tho, it really doesn’t matter where or how Lance finds the new friends he likes to make. He tends to have pretty amazing taste in male friends and I can’t blame the man for going for the gold any chance he gets. Hopefully we’ll get to see more pics of Lance with Gustavo soon … anytime party pics of Lance Bass come out, you know it’s gonna be a good time. What do y’all think of Mr. Marzolla … is he a good match for our dear Lance?

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Jennifer Love Hewitt & Jamie Kennedy Take Their Lurve To Mexico

The real deal

A couple of weeks ago we learned from a very excited Jamie Kennedy that he and his Ghost Whisperer co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt (who is freshly single after breaking up with her fiancée Ross McCall in January) have started up a new romantic relationship together (I believe he said that he was “more than in love” with her) and it appears that the new lovebirds have taken their lurve on the road. J. Love and Jamie have surfaced in Mexico together where they were spied maxin’ and relaxin’ together:


I dunno … I’m still having a hard time believing that there is true lurve here. Clearly, Jamie is very smitten with J. Love but can a couple months after the end of a 3-year relationship with another man really be enough time for Jennifer Love to move on with a new love? I’m not so sure. But, the couple appear to really be giving it a go. I really hope that J. Love doesn’t end up breaking Jamie‘s heart down the line. Vacationing together is a good sign … here’s hoping it truly lasts.

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Madonna & Jesus Luz Dunzo!

Is this really the end of Madonna & Child?

Say it ain’t so!!! Could it really be true that Madonna‘s alleged romantic fascination with her 22-year old Brazilian toyboy Jesus Luz has finally run its course? After reports began to surface that Jesus was hookin’ up with a young lady back home in his native Brazil, it is being reported that Madonna has decided to cut the young buck loose and cast him aside. Considering that Maddy is reportedly considering the adoption of another Malawian child, it’s prolly a good idea for her to get rid of the youngster anyways. According to the latest rumors, Madonna and Jesus are dunzo!


BABY Jesus is dead just in time for Easter as far as Madonna’s concerned – because she’s dumped her foetal lover. The final nail in Jesus Luz’s cross was when he was caught being fruitier than an obscenely-shaped mango with lingerie model Luciana Costa at a party in his home city of Rio. Perkily-breasted Luciana is 19 years younger than Her Madgesty, 50, who has tired of robbing cradles and realised 22-year-old Jesus is just a pretty face. Guy Ritchie’s ex-wife is also concerned that their relationship could hit her chances of adopting a second child. Madonna said: “Many people, especially our Malawian friends, say that David should have a Malawian brother or sister. It’s something I have been considering, but would only do if I had the support of the Malawian people and government.” And she fears she won’t have either if she has another adopted son hanging on her coat-tails in the shape of Jesus. Her decision to end the relationship was finally made after Luciana and Jesus spent a romantic weekend together in Brazil. And Luciana used delicate female cunning which Madge would have applauded in her youth, by snidely telling reporters: “Jesus had great things to say about Madonna and he doesn’t care she is so much older.” She does and called to tell him. As our insider explained: “Madonna has just come out of a very long and difficult relationship. She was drawn to Jesus. But it was just a bit of fun and she’s enjoyed herself. But she is growing bored of the relationship and her family comes first. He would ruin her chances of adopting again. And the pictures of him with Luciana made her realise that he’ll be better suited to somebody his own age.” And while most girls head for the Ben ’n’ Jerry’s and Mojitos after a break-up, this Material Girl jetted straight to the star-addled Valentino: The Last Emperor party with 36-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow in New York.

While I doubt anyone really thought that anything substantial would come from this pairing, I guess I expected playtime to last a little longer. Tho, once Jesus flew back to Brazil (after his visa expired), I had a sneaking feeling that that would be the end of Madonna & Child. I suspect that the adoption thing is a big deal for Madonna so all of this makes sense. Jesus should count himself lucky to have been a temporary toyboy for Madge. I really hope he relished his time with her cuz being a Madonna boyfriend seems really fleeting. Ah well … ’twas fun while it lasted.

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Welcome 2 The Dawn Of A New Era Of Prince

The TV Guide

Yesterday evening, I was given the amazing opportunity to preview Prince‘s two new albums, LOTUSFLOW3R and MPLSoUND, along with the debut album, Elixir, by his new protégé Bria Valente. I was invited to hear all three albums in full ahead of their release online at LOTUSFLOW3R.com and exclusively at Target stores next Tuesday. As you might imagine, I was very excited and anxious to get to hear the new stuff from Prince:


I posted tweet updates on my Twitter profile for every song on every album just to give y’all a taste. Overall, I really liked Bria Valente‘s album … her songs reminded me a lot of Prince‘s work with Nona Gaye in the late 90′s. Altho Prince‘s religious conversion has hindered his ability to get too sexy with his collaborators, you can still hear the soul of Prince‘s best work from the 80′s across all three albums. His guitar work is still in top form, these albums will sound amazing when performed live. Personally, if I had to pick a fave, I think MPLSoUND is my fave — there are a lot of funky tracks on that disc. I cannot wait for all y’all to hear the tracks for yourselves. Click HERE to read the tweet updates that I posted yesterday of my initial thoughts on the music. As some of you may know, Prince will be performing for 3 nights in a row on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week. My very good friend and fellow Prince fan Daniel has invited me to attend the Thursday taping with him. Additionally, I will be attending Prince‘s 3 concerts in a row (at the Nokia Theatre, the Conga Room and Club Nokia) this coming Saturday night here in LA. I’m so excited :) I missed out on the ticket sales on Sunday (cuz I was preoccupied with travel) but I managed to get tix to all three shows on eBay. The tix were a bit more expensive than face value but having seen Prince in concert before, I know he is totally worth the money.

I have to give a big shout-out to my boy Zack from Michigan who I got to meet at SxSW this past weekend:


He works with the Javelins back home in Detroit and it was my pleasure to meet him :)

Tonight, David and I have a pretty cool thing to go to … but I don’t want to talk about it until it actually happens. Tho, I will prolly be updating my Twitter all night long ;)

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Lance will 'Tour', Screech sued, Kiefer back for another day of '24'
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And America’s Next Drag Superstar Is …

ATTENTION: 'RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE' SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Last night, David and I cracked open a bottle of Absolut Mango and raised a glass to toast the season finale of the amazingly fabulous LOGO competitive reality TV program RuPaul’s Drag Race. As I mentioned on the blog previously, I was a late-comer to the show but managed to catch-up in time to really enjoy the series and watch as America’s Next Drag Superstar was crowned queen on last night’s finale ep:


For those of you who aren’t aware, LOGO aired an 8-ep season of RuPaul’s Drag Race which is a little bit Project Runway, a little bit America’s Next Top Model and a lotta bit fabulosity. Each week, drag contestants from around the world competed to become America’s Next Drag Superstar in the hopes of following in RuPaul‘s trailblazing footsteps. I’m not kidding when I say that RuPaul’s Drag Race is the most entertaining competitive reality TV series that I’ve seen in a while … it was a great substitute for Project Runway (which has been kept off the air due to legal wrangling). Last night, RuPaul crowned her successor. After the jump, find out who won … More »

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Marilyn Manson Is Givin’ Away His New Single

'We're from America' will be available for free download on March 27

Marilyn Manson has updated his official website with the news that he is planning to offer a new song off his upcoming new album The High End of Low (due for release in May) for free download. The track We’re From America will be available for download on March 27 on MarilynManson.com. Here is the new promo photo of MM (lookin’ a lot like Cap’n Crunch in his hat) that was released with this news and the full text of the press release announcement:


Marilyn Manson Releases ‘We’re From America’ From The High End of Low

AVAILABLE AS FREE DOWNLOAD AT MARILYN MANSON.COM MARCH 27th

NEW YORK, March 23 — Marilyn Manson’s anticipated reunion with longtime friend and foil Twiggy Ramirez inches closer with the release of “We’re From America,” the first listen from the forthcoming The High End of Low. Available as a free download March 27th, exclusively on MarilynManson.com, the song will be available as a digital single on April 7th and will preview Manson’s forthcoming seventh studio album landing May 26th.

The album’s official first single “Arma… geddon” will arrive at radio April 13th. Manson’s new lineup including Ramirez (for the first time in close to a decade), plus keyboardist Chris Vrenna, and drummer Ginger Fish, will close the main stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, this July through August. Manson will also kick off his world tour with a headline festival run this June in Europe.

Produced by Manson, Vrenna and Twiggy, The High End of Low was recorded in his Hollywood Hills studio and also features the track, “I Want to Kill You Like They Do In The Movies.” Manson says of the new album, “I think my life definitely ended and began. The record sounds very final, but it’s almost optimistic – though that feels like a strange word to use. It’s a phoenix from the fire and a redemption resurrection.”

Since emerging from South Florida in the early 1990s, Marilyn Manson has continued to upend the mainstream with each new release. The tumultuous relationship Manson has cultivated with the public worldwide has resulted in multi-million records sales, sold-out tours, protests, legal battles, hate, adoration, award-winning distilled spirits (Mansinthe) and most importantly, a long list of some of the most enduring and genre-defying music in the rock era (“Lunchbox,” “Sweet Dreams,” “The Beautiful People,” “Tourniquet,” “The Dope Show,” “This Is The New Shit,” “Mobscene,” “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” etc.)

The first one’s always free… Beginning with a small, slow dose on March 27th with “We’re From America,” the new era of Marilyn Manson and The High End of Low begins now.

It’s been a while since Marilyn Manson has been on the scene … and I’m pleased with the new line-up. Having Twiggy Ramirez back in the fold (who was kinda recently the live bassist for Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle after he left Marilyn Manson a few years ago) is good news. I’m also very pleased that Ginger Fish (an almost original member of MM) and Chris Vrenna (one of NIN‘s greatest live drummers, I might add) are in the MM line-up. As much as I love Tim Skold, I don’t think he did much for Marilyn Manson‘s last album as it was my least favorite disc. I’m anxious to hear what this new incarnation of Marilyn Manson sounds like … the prospect of MM, Twiggy and Vrenna producing this album is very good news. I’m not sure if there are many Marilyn Manson fans among you Pink readers but I still am and I’m really lookin’ forward to this new album.

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Hugh Jackman Has An Art Attack

Makes a supply run to Dick Blick

Here are a few photos of Hugh Jackman lookin’ all cute and stuff has he makes a run to pick up some art supplies from a Dick Blick shop in NYC this week:


It appears that the Jackmans are planning a bit of an art project together. By the look of the materials purchased, methinks that a fun family art project is in the works. It’s pretty cool, I think, that celebs like Hugh Jackman and Angelina Jolie (who has been photographed taking her children to art supply stores around the world) make it a point to get their kids interested in created art at such a young age. Sparking creativity when children are still young goes a long way in fostering well-rounded kids. My parents may not have taken me to huge art supply stores to buy canvases and paints but my mom was very good about supporting my creative desires to color, draw with markers and sculpt with Play-Dough. Some of the best memories that I have playing with my mom (who wasn’t the type to play G.I. Joes or Transformers with me) was when she would bring home a coloring book or a box of fresh Play-Dough. My dad and I would play with Legos. Sorry for the digression but it warms my heart to know that these kids will have the same kind of memories with their parents when they grow up. Lucky kids :)

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‘Project Runway’ Winner Comments On ‘Project Runway’ Loser’s Arrest

"When she got angry, I knew to keep my distance. Clearly, she needs therapy."

Last Thursday we learned that Project Runway season 5 loser Kenley Collins was arrested in NYC after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend, Zak Penley, with various objects — including a cat — and today we learn that Project Runway season 5 winner, Leanne Marshall, has got a thing or two to say about it. Additionally, it is being reported that Kenley has decided to let the ex that she allegedly attacked keep the cat that she allegedly attacked him with (it’s name is Arlo). If she thinks that’s gonna get her off the hook, she’s sorely mistaken:


“Project Runway” kook Kenley Collins said yesterday her ex-fiancée can keep the cat she allegedly hurled at him like a fur-ball-istic missile. The reality-TV fashion finalist who was arrested Tuesday on charges she assaulted Zak Penley, 28, with their cat Arlo, as well as a laptop computer, three apples and a glass of water told The Post they are splitting custody of their two pets. “The girl cat [Sandra] is mine and the boy cat [Arlo] is his,” she said. Collins, who placed third in the show to pick the best fashion designer, was reviled by fans for her rudeness to the judges and co-host Tim Gunn last season. Winner Leanne Marshall said the incident proves the Bravo show did not distort reality. “This should put a clear answer to the question I am most frequently asked, ‘Was Kenley really that awful, or was she just edited like that?’ ” Marshall told the Post. “When she got angry, I knew to keep my distance. Clearly, she needs therapy.” But though Collins frequently displayed her temper on camera and on the set, she never actually became violent. “I feel a little sorry for her that she can’t control her emotions and behavior, but on the other hand, absolutely nothing excuses physical violence and throwing a poor, defenseless kitty at someone who is sleeping,” Marshall said. “I feel bad for the cat, the bruised apples and Zak.” Gunn and supermodel co-host Heidi Klum declined to comment on her behavior. Collins was hauled away from the couple’s Williamsburg apartment Tuesday morning and spent the night in jail. She was released Wednesday morning without bail on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon the cat. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, authorities said. According to a police report, the violence erupted at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, while Penley was sleeping. After throwing Arlo at his head, Collins proceeded to pelt Penley with whatever she could get her hands on, cops said. She later said it was a “miscommunication.” Penley refused to discuss the cause of the fight, but according to Collins, she broke up with him. “He wanted to travel and I wanted to stay in New York,” she said.

LOL. Seriously, this whole ridiculous story is funny enough as it is but to hear these new details, well, it’s just absurd. I think it’s funny that both Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn opted out of commenting on Kenley‘s alleged crime but that PR winner Leanne Marshall was happy to talk. It was clear that the ladies didn’t get along on the show and Leanne is prolly right that it was due in large part to Kenley‘s behavior. I seem to recall that she managed to cause conflict with pretty much everyone on the show, which caused pretty much everyone on the show to hate her guts. It’s a good thing that no animals are allowed on the set of Project Runway cuz there might have been a cat-astrophe much sooner in Kenley‘s reality life. While I doubt that she will actually get seven years in prison for her alleged crime but I do hope that she gets some form of serious punishment. Not only should she face the consequences of attacking her ex-fiancée but she should also be punished for abusing her cat. And just think, on the positive side, if Kenley does get locked up she’ll be restricted from committing any future crimes against fashion as well.

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‘Real World’ Melissa Announces The Birth Of Her First Child

Melissa (Howard) Beck from 'Real World: New Orleans' is a new mommy!!

Those of you who remember when MTV‘s The Real World was the epitome of reality TV and was actually worth watching might recall that The Real World: New Orleans was one of the best seasons of the series. And those of you who remember the New Orleans season prolly also remember that the adorable little firecracker Melissa Howard was one of the main reasons the season was so good. Melissa, along with her cohorts Jaime, Matt, Danny, Kelley, Julie and David, is from the hey day of reality TV when shows were entertaining because people were being real … not because they wanted to become reality TV stars. I am very happy to pass along the info that Melissa Beck (she married Justin Beck of Glassjaw a while ago) gave birth to her first child, a girl, this past Friday night. Here is a beautiful photo of Melissa that was shot by my friend Brad Walsh and the Twitter announcement that Melissa sent out last night:


melissa and justin announce the birth of our awesome baby girl on 03.20.09 at 10:18 pm 6 lbs 3 oz 18″

This is the best news ever. Brad introduced me to Melissa and Justin a couple of years ago and I knew from the start that they were made for one another. When I heard that they got married, I wasn’t shocked in the least. Now that they have a baby girl together, well, I’m just thrilled that their lives are working out so nicely. Melissa is an absolute doll and Justin is a fine, fine gentleman … they are going to make the most excellent parents and I wish their happy family all the happiness in the world. Much love and congrats goes out to the newly expanded Beck family!!!

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Happy Early Birthday, Aretha Franklin

Hat's off to the Queen of Soul

Much love and early birthday wishes go out to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who celebrated her 67th birthday in Detroit, MI this past Saturday at Seldom Blues restaurant where 200 of her closest friends where on hand to help her party hearty. Altho Aretha‘s actual birthday is tomorrow March 25, her friends decided to get the party started early. Aretha‘s now world-famous hat, created for her by milliner Luke Song to wear to President Barack Obama‘s inauguration in January, also made a cameo appearance at the shindig … in the form of her birthday cake … an naturally stole the show:


The Queen of Soul can throw a party, and she clearly gets a kick over the worldwide attention over her famous gray felt Inaugural Hat. To celebrate her 67 years on the planet, Franklin threw a party for 200 friends at Seldom Blues Saturday and the centerpiece was a cake that was a replica of her stylish gray-bowed chapeau, made out of yellow cake with buttercream frosting and fresh raspberries. Guests dined on chef Jerry Nottage’s famed gumbo, as well as on meat loaf prepared from one of Franklin’s own recipes. Entertaining the guests was President Obama impersonator Iman Crosson, famous for rapping and dancing as the president on youtube, and soul singer Kenny Lattimore, who did a special “President Obama” remix of his song “Something.” The plus-sized trio Secret Trois and Raheem Devaughn also appeared. The “Inaugural Hat” cake was made by cake designer to the stars, Sylvia Weinstock of New York. Weinstock also made tiny replicas of the hat cake, wrapped in a six-inch gift box that each partygoer received as a gift from Franklin. As for the big hat cake, one of Weinstock’s assistants flew to Detroit Friday with the hat cake in pieces, and assembled it at Seldom Blues.

Oh yeah, that settles it … Aretha Franklin‘s inauguration hat is the break-out star of 2009. While the celebration was for Aretha, the hat ended up stealing her thunder. In any event, and just a wee bit early, I think we should send out all of our lurve and well wishes to Dame Franklin on the occasion of her birth. Happy Birthday, Aretha!!

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Did Twitter Kill Mayerston?

Survey says ... yep!

Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to get used to the idea that Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer are dunzo, again, folks are starting to dish as to what the cause of the break-up was this time around. As we learned a couple of weeks ago, John apparently broke up with Jennifer after she returned from a trip to Europe … but today, we’re hearing that it was Jen that broke up with John … reportedly (and laughingly) because of his obsession with Twitter:


People claiming to be friends of the actress have told Star magazine that she finished the affair after discovering Mayer, 31, spent hours on the networking website, despite telling her he was too busy to get in touch with her. The pair started dating in April 2008, but have broken up several times. However, they appeared inseparable at the Oscars last month. A source claimed Aniston decided Mayer was not committed enough to her and called time on their romance having found hourly updates on his Twitter page. The source said: “John suddenly stopped calling her or returning her emails and when she would finally catch up with him, he’d say: ‘I’ve been so busy with work. I’m sorry I haven’t had time to call you back.” The source added: “Jen was fuming. There he was, telling her he didn’t have time for her and yet his page was filled with Twitter updates. Every few hours, sometimes minutes, he’d update with some stupid line. And in her mind, she was like ‘He has time for all this Twittering, but he can’t send me a text, an email, make a call?’.” It has also been claimed musician John made no attempt to cover up his Twitters. The source said: “He didn’t even deny it. He knew he was avoiding her. So when she called him on it and ended things, he just said OK, and that he was sorry it didn’t work out. “He took the break-up like a man.” Even so, shortly after Aniston’s call, Mayer’s Twitter update read: ‘This heart didn’t come with instructions.’

LOL! Man, as much as I wish this report was true, I’m afraid that it’s prolly a bit too ridiculous to be totally true … right? Anyone that follows John Mayer on Twitter knows that he is an avid tweeter and does post many times a day. If he truly did chose Twitter over Jennifer Aniston then he prolly deserved to get dumped. My guess is that the truth is prolly somewhere in the middle … he tweeted a lot and she hated it a lot … and then dunzo. This might be the first reported case of celebrity break-up due to Twitter-related complications … which is really sad. I just hope that this report doesn’t turn people off to using Twitter … I love it and can’t get enough — a fact that David is well aware of and is fine with … I think :)

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Romeo Beckham Finds His Juliet?

A vision of the future

Here are a couple pics of the very young Romeo Beckham out for a playdate with the even younger Suri Holmes-Cruise over the weekend which are kinda too cute for words. Seeing these two matched up might give us a glimpse into the future when these two kiddies grow up … might there be a future for Romeo and Suri?


It’s amazing how quickly these kids grow up … it wasn’t all that long ago that they were mere babies and now they’re turning into kids. It won’t be long before this crop of celebrity kids grows up into teenagers and then we’ll have a new generation of mini-celebs on the scene. It’s so strange to think that in a little over 10 years time Suri, Brooklyn, Romeo, Maddox, Kingston, Levi and the other celeb babies will be the gang roaming the streets of Hollywood. Kids like Suri and Romeo may be enjoying playdates these days but in the very near future they could be going on actual dates together. WEIRD!!! For now, I think we can just think that match-ups like this are cute … but it is funny to think about which celeb kids will be dating one another when they grow up.

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Lindsay Lohan & Samatha Ronson Are The New American Family

Family values get an upgrade

Happy couple Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson are the subject of a new piece of art that features them in the traditional and iconic American Gothic portrait painted by artist Grant Wood in 1930. LA artist Ben Tegel created the piece for the animated art show Name That ‘Toon that will open on March 27 at the World of Wonder gallery here in SoCal. In addition to being on display at the Name That ‘Toon exhibit, this poster artwork of L. Ron is also being used as the poster promoting Girl on Girl night at the Viper Room rock club … which, I suppose, is kinda fitting. Here is the art piece and some deets about how it came to be:


Lindsay Lohan is a piece of work—literally. Los Angeles-based artist Ben Tegel created his latest Lohan-inspired work for a poster promoting Girl on Girl night at the Viper Room rock club. The image is a take on Grant Wood’s iconic 1930 portrait, American Gothic, with Samantha Ronson as the pitchfork-holding farmer and LiLo as her wife. But what’s it all mean? The artist explained to me: “Lindsay and Sam are the all-American couple for the 21st century,” Tegel said. “I call it American Sapphic.” Tegel’s work is part of Name That ‘Toon, an upcoming animation exhibit at Hollywood’s World of Wonder Storefront Gallery. Other Tegel works featuring Lohan include Rehabflaunt, a group portrait-like piece with Lohan, Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty that was used to illustrate a story in Flaunt magazine. And if that wasn’t enough, Tegel was inspired by Lohan’s DUI arrest for another Viper Room poster that shows the starlet engaging in illegal activities while kneeling in a seedy alleyway. “I seem to have some sort of fixation with her,” Tegel wrote in an email. “She (along with Britney, I suppose) embodied the fin-de-siecle celebrity archetype. Her child-star-turned-drug-addict-turned-lesbian narrative seems to sum up the way fame operates in the 21st Century. I’m really interested to see what happens in the next chapter of her character’s storyline.” Name That ‘Toon opens at World of Wonder on March 27.

And pop art strikes again. Unlike the Octomom statue that we saw over the weekend, this piece of art seems to have a bit more wit and substance behind it. As poster artwork for the Viper Room‘s Girl on Girl night, it’s brills. Illustrators have long used celebrities in this way to promote parties and clubs. I think it’s wholly fascinating that L. Ron appear to be the new American Gothic, ie. the portrait of traditional American family values. It’s brills. Imitation is the purest form of flattery … I really love this piece. What do y’all think?

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Kanye West Does ‘Complex’ Magazine

White out

The always entertaining Kanye West is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Complex magazine. In his coverstory interview, he talks about how the recession as effected his pocketbook (yes, not even Kanye West is immune to the failing economy), touches on his sexuality and discusses Kanye West: The Brand. To accompany this riveting interview, Complex enlisted CGI photographer Chris Milk to photograph Kanye purely digitally for his very interesting photospread. Here is Kanye‘s Complex magazine cover and a portion of his interview with the mag:


Kanye West is performance art. He’s an idea. A brand. A mission. An inspiring, infuriating, over-the-top and constantly evolving contradiction of values that are articulated sometimes abstractly, and often heavy-handedly, through the man’s every expression—be it producing, rapping, singing, designing or, more often than not these days, just living. Whether it’s the curation of his clothing tonight, the selection of his beautiful, bald date tomorrow, the spare, design-forward architecture of his Los Angeles and Manhattan homes, or the costume party he and his posse threw in Paris during Fashion Week, it’s all presentation—a new vision of the world, starring him as the catalyst.

Complex: You’re driving us through L.A. with no driver or bodyguard—
Kanye West: Yeah. I’m rich and I’m famous, but I try not to be extra with it.

Complex: [Laughs.] Has the recession affected you?
Kanye West: Yeah, I try to avoid it overly affecting me. But some shit has happened, like Best Buy was supposed to [shoot and produce] the tour DVD and they pulled out of it. I definitely got hit with that, because not shooting it was not an option, so I had to pay for it.

Complex: Did you consider how a recession might affect the reception of the “Martin Louis King” video you made in Paris?
Kanye West: People tune into me for escapism. When you went to the Glow in the Dark Tour, you were literally transported to another planet. I know there’s anti-rich sentiment right now, with corporate people not using their jets and Obama saying heads of banks can’t make more than $500,000, but I really feel like that tape embodied me and what Louis Vuitton is about. I’d like to think I give optimism to people when I stunt. When I have a pink watch on or tight jeans on, people talk shit about me, but if I wore all gray and black, who would be the one to wear all the bright colors? How depressing would it be if I was always depressed, or should I say, the press. I’m here to entertain people and to be the one that does the crazy, bold stuff so they can live through me and get their mind off the recession and the war and whatever else is going on in the world.

Complex: You know that video and those pictures made the Internet go apeshit, right?
Kanye West: It blew their fucking mind, didn’t it? I’m going to honestly say I don’t know exactly what it was. Was it—

Complex: Taz’s tights.
Kanye West: That’s what I was about to say! Was it Taz’s outfits? What does Taz wearing tights have to do with me? How does Taz—mind you, a dude who is straight—wearing tights make me gay this week? How am I gay this week?

Complex: You know, since then, people who know that I know you have asked two recurring questions: Is he on drugs? Is he gay?
Kanye West: [Laughs.] What do you tell them?

Complex: That I’ve never seen you do drugs, but I’ve definitely seen you go in, as far as chicks—
Kanye West: [Laughs very hard.] But, you know, that doesn’t prove anything [to them], right? Someone could just be like, “He’s just running in girls when he’s really thinking about fucking guys.” That’s, like, the devil’s advocate thing that they probably say. But drugs? How perfect is that? People think I’m on drugs! I didn’t even have to do drugs for people to think that I was on them. And what’s funny is that I feel like my outfits were very masculine and very hip-hop.

Complex: Why do you think there’s such a fixation on your sexuality?
Kanye West: I really think it’s because society tries to dictate the way a guy is supposed to dress and the way a guy is supposed to act, and I refuse to conform. A lot of these dudes would never be accused of being gay just because they all look exactly alike. If people could just realize the amount of mundaneness and followers that lack creativity… I think people’s mentality is like, Only gay people are that creative. And it’s true there are a lot of gay people who are incredible creative minds, but there are straight people who are incredible creative minds—and there’s gay people who can’t dress or create at all, too. Closed-minded gay people probably say they dress “straight.”

Complex: What does the brand Kanye West mean?
Kanye West: Pop but Luxury. Edgy but Comfortable. I’m about clashing worlds that you think don’t belong together. This is our world and everything belongs together. That’s the ill thing about our president. Our president is black, but our president is white, too. And the original struggle of America is racism, and to have someone in office that represents both of those sides is what I think this world is about. Segregation and snobbery and elitism should be the wack words. That should be what people use to dis people.

Complex: Your fashion endeavors have been much more exclusive and expensive than your music. Does your brand translate equally to both mediums? Do they have the same audiences?
Kanye West: It’s a similar goal. But I feel like when I do my own line it’s not going to be anywhere near as mass as I am to start off with, because it’s impossible to start off there and be credible. I have to start small not only to gain respect but to have time to learn and get better. I have to do some things that affect the world or affect culture, like I did with music. In fashion, trends are set on a high level, so I need to do stuff that hits the runway; like with the Louis shoe and its reverse tongue, that could set a trend that you’ll see on other shoes.

Complex: Would you say your brand is about taking the niche and making it mainstream?
Kanye West: It all comes down to taste. It’s just saying, “I like this,” and I’d like to show other people that this is dope. It frustrates me that people say that I don’t do my own blog because I would never allow things to go up and say that this represents me.

Complex: Tell me about your process of discovery. You’re constantly absorbing new information, so who are you learning from?
Kanye West: I just keep a team of really, really dope people. Don C [from Kanye’s management] has to get the most credit because I respect his taste equally if not more than mine. I am me, but I am also a product of Don. So basically I am his artist even though he works for me. I’m a vessel of people’s ideas.

Complex: For someone who’s known as an egomaniac, you seem to like to collaborate a lot—
Kanye West: Yeah. The fact that I love to collaborate with people, I think, is a very non-arrogant thing. I absorb information, and I want people to know where the information is coming from so those people can be in a position for people to listen to them and capitalize off of the genius that they bring to the table—because I only surround myself with geniuses.

Complex: Do you think you’ve gotten to a place where there’s no self-consciousness or insecurity?
Kanye West:Yeah. There’s no insecurity in the work I do, the outfits I put together, the beats I make, the raps I say.

Complex: Speaking of public outbursts, why is it that you’ll flip on a journalist, like the dude from EW who shitted on the tour, but not another rapper that disses you?
Kanye West: Because I feel like I’m playing on the same intellectual level of a journalist and not of a rapper.

Complex: How so?
Kanye West: [Laughs.] I feel like if a rapper disses me, they’re just trying to get a rise out of me and get me to play in their field to find some way that they can beat me. I feel like there’s a lot of rappers that can beat me in ignorance. So why would I play a sport that I’m not particularly trying to get better at or beaten in? There’s a lot of rappers that can beat me in ignorance, but there’s only a few that can play with true intellect. [Long pause.] How fucking perfect is that fucking answer?!

Complex: So what would you say was the most important thing you learned about yourself in the last 12 months?
Kanye West: That I can be a very level-headed person. I would never spaz on MTV the way I did before. I feel like there are people who have given a lot to me and I wasn’t appreciative of them. MTV had a major part in making me, so how the hell could I ever come out my mouth and dis them and just be like the cry baby–ass bitch over one performance? How the hell is a 29-year-old grown-ass man acting like a little bitch and getting all emotional? How spoiled can I get?

Complex: Do you live in a state of anxiety over how you are being presented to the public?
Kanye West: In no way. It’s just that if I’m working with a writer that I feel don’t got my best interest in mind, I keep on telling them, “Put this in there” or “Don’t try to make me look like a monster.” But I’m not afraid. All I can do is be the best me and learn from the mistakes that I’ve made. There are mistakes that I’ve made that I deserve for people to look at me like a complete asshole because I have been a complete asshole. All I can do is just be a better person for myself—not to prove it to anyone, but just to be a better person, period. I beat myself up, and I make mistakes, and I get past it, and I get excited about the future.


Kanye
may be a bit of a megalomaniac but he’s deffo a smart man and he’s deffo not afraid to do whatever it is that he wants to do. I do commend him for breaking with convention and taking fashion and style risks just because he wants to. He is very lucky that he’s got the clout to pull it off … a lesser performer might not be able to do the things that Kanye does. It’s not hyperbole to say that Kanye West is changing the Hip Hop game. On that merit alone, he is worthy of respect. It’d be nice if his head deflated a bit but I guess you can’t have it all. After the jump, check out a few photos from Kanye‘s Complex photospread, the photos are pretty tight … More »

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Ed Westwick & Jessica Szohr Take Their Lurve Poolside

Lettin' it all hang out

When last we saw Gossip Girl co-stars and real life lovebirds Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr together they were spotted walkin’ their pooch on the streets of NYC, stopping every so often to suck a little face along the way. The couple decided to take their love affair down South and made their way to Miami Beach, FL for a mini vacay getaway. Here are a few pics of Ed and Jessica gettin’ all lovey dovey by the pool of their hotel in Miami Beach this weekend:


I understand that the couple got to drankin’ really early that day … doin’ shots by 11:30 in the morning! Perhaps that explains Ed‘s need to lose his shirt and flaunt what his mama gave him. Um, yeah … it would appear that Jessica likes men with a little meat on their bones … she really looks like she was enjoying having all of that Edness to grab on to. You will note that her hands made their way down to grab a hold of his buns in the last pic ;) To be honest, I still think these two make an odd couple … but they sure seem fine with lettin’ everyone in their love affair.

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Neil Patrick Harris Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

Well-suited

Neil Patrick Harris, who currently stars as the resident womanizer on CBS‘s How I Met Your Mother, is featured in the new issue of GQ magazine showing men how to shop for the right kind of suit. You may recall that Heroes star Zachary Quinto is also featured in this new issue of GQ but his spread is geared towards men who are shopping for raincoats. I think NPH‘s segment is a bit more fashionable and, as is evident in these pics, a bit hotter … behold:


Oh yeah, NPH really knows how to rock a suit right. He looks great in every single one of these looks … this is the way men should look when they get suited up. I really like the GQ convention of using celebs to model articles of clothing like this. Unlike female models, there aren’t many big name male fashion models but using celebs is a good way to augment that void. Generally, the right suit can make any man look great but in NPH‘s case he’s deffo got the knack for makin’ these threads look good.

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All SxSWed Out

The TV Guide

Yesterday was my last day in Austin, TX but before I boarded my plane back to LA, I got to spend a bit of time with my friend Rachel and her crew before we all departed for home. Rachel suggested we go for pizza at Mellow Mushroom because she said it was the best pizza she’d ever had … and I gotta admit, it was pretty freakin’ good. We met up at the pizza place for a quick lunch and then walked over to a place called Toy Joy. Again, on Rachel’s recommendation, we checked out the toy store and had a blast. Here are a few pics that I snapped yesterday:


The store was fun, I picked up a few small gifts to bring home and a fun time was had by all. But by early afternoon, it was time to say goodbye to Austin. My flight home was pretty uninteresting … that is, until I had to change planes in San Jose, CA and get on a tiny jet for the last leg of the trip. The damn thing was small … and it made me real nervous … but, thankfully, the flight was quick and totally painless. It was really nice coming home to David. SxSW was really fun but it was nice to be home again.

I have to give a shout-out to Pink reader Betsy who I met at the Red Bull Moon Tower party on Saturday night:


It was really great to meet and take a photo with her :)

Later on this evening, David and I have been invited to preview Prince‘s new albums one week ahead of their release in Target stores next Tuesday March 29. I’m very excited. I hope to be able to Tweet thru the album preview … if not, I’ll deffo be taking notes to share. Woot!!!

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Britney Spears Wants YOU To Know That Kohl’s Is Having An Easter Sale

30-50% off!

Earlier this month we learned that Britney Spears had been chosen as the 2009 Candie’s spokesperson and that she would be appearing in the clothing line’s ad campaign in the coming year. Over the weekend, Britney‘s first Candie’s ad appeared in newspapers around the country alerting us to the fact that Kohl’s department store — which is the exclusive home of Candie’s apparel — is having a MEGA 3-DAY EASTER SALE. Here is what Britney‘s newest Candie’s ad looks like:


While it’s great to see Britney back in the position of appearing in major advertisement campaigns, I think I was expecting a bit more from her first ad. Candie’s tends to put out really colorful, really vibrant ad campaigns … and this one is just … flat. I think mebbe the ad doesn’t really work for me because it was printed on newspaper but even the photo isn’t all that impressive. I hope that future Candie’s ads that feature Britney have a little more oomph to them.

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The LA Galaxy Open Their 2009 MLS Soccer Season

At least David Beckham was there in spirit cardboard

The LA Galaxy opened their 2009 MLS Soccer season over the weekend in a match-up with DC United at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA and managed to pull out a last-minute 2-2 tie. As y’all might be aware, David Beckham was NOT in attendance for the Galaxy‘s season opener this weekend because he has opted to remain in Italy to play with his new team AC Milan. Becks was kinda at this weekend’s Galaxy game in spirit, tho … the club put up a life-size cardboard cut-out of Beckham so that folks could pose for photos with “him”. Tho, not everyone who attended this weekend’s game seemed to be a fan of Beckham and his traitorous treatment of his team. Here are a few pics from the Galaxy season opener and a run-down of the game highlights:


Landon Donovan scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-2 tie with D.C. United on Sunday in the MLS opener for both teams. Christian Gomez and Chris Pontius scored for D.C. United, which built a 2-0 lead after 62 minutes before Donovan brought his team all the way back. “Landon is going to get better,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “His fitness has to get better and he has to get a little sharper on the ball. But over the next month or so, we expect Landon really to get into good form.” Donovan, who led Major League Soccer with 20 goals last year, broke the shutout with a penalty kick in the 80th minute. United’s Rodney Wallace committed a handball in the penalty area to give the Galaxy the kick. Then in the 86th minute, Donovan tied the score by beating three defenders and heading Kyle Patterson’s left-wing crossing pass from six yards. “On the second goal, I took a chance and made a run into a good spot,” said Donovan, who added that playing with Germany’s Bayern Munich for two months helped him anticipate plays. “When the right service comes, a ball gets knocked down or a play breaks up, I’m ready for it,” Donovan said. “I’ve been sharper in trying to take advantage of opportunities that aren’t necessarily great chances but can become good.” Gomez made a penalty kick in the 44th minute after being fouled in the penalty area by the Galaxy’s Dema Kovalenko. Pontius, a rookie from UC Santa Barbara, scored his first goal in the 62nd minute on a curving 18-yard shot. “I think the second goal actually woke us up,” Donovan said of Pontius’ score. “At the beginning of the second half, we came out a little bit timid and unsure.” D.C. United’s Ben Olsen played his first game since June 29. Olsen, who was replaced in the 72nd minute, missed all but one game last season because of slow recovery from ankle surgery.

Eh, not a bad way to start the season. A tie may not be a win but it’s loads better than a loss … so I’ll take it. Altho it still smarts that David Beckham managed to weasel his way out of playing with the soccer team that he committed to, I suppose I am looking forward to his return to the fold in a few months. That said, I’m not sure that many other people are really all that interested in welcoming him back. As you can see from the last picture above, not everyone is a David Beckham fan these days. I also find it interesting that this Sports Illustrated report made NO mention of Becks at all … they didn’t even mention that he ditched his team. Perhaps Beckham‘s hasty exit from the LA Galaxy will end up being the best thing for everyone. Soccer fans here in LA don’t seem to be missing him all that much and he clearly would rather be elsewhere. All we need, apparently, is a cardboard cutout to stand in for him and folks look happy enough. I seem to recall that Beckham‘s play with the Galaxy wasn’t all that impressive anyway. Mebbe the team should give his spot on the bench to his cardboard likeness?

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Natasha Bedingfield Got Hitched!

'Unwritten' no longer

Congratulations goes out to popstar Natasha Bedingfield who got married to her longtime boyfriend/fiancée Matthew Robinson in an outdoor ceremony in Malibu, CA over the weekend. The couple said I Do at the Church Estates Vineyards at around 5pm on Saturday in front of a small gathering of 150 people. Here are a few pics from Natasha‘s nuptials and some deets about the ceremony:


Natasha Bedingfield is a married woman! The “Unwritten” singer wed California businessman Matthew Robinson in an outdoor ceremony at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu on Saturday, PEOPLE has confirmed. Shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time, about 150 guests watched Bedingfield walk down a grassy lawn on an aisle decorated with rose petals in a white strapless gown by Vera Wang with a veil. She had four bridesmaids and one flower girl, and walked back down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” The 30-minute outdoor ceremony took place by the vineyard’s chateau overlooking the ocean.

Aww … so sweet! Lurve is deffo in the air these days … every time you turn around, someone else is gettin’ hitched. I’m deffo a fan of Natasha‘s music … she’s fun and poppy and it’s damn near impossible to get her song Unwritten out of your head once you hear it. Much love and congrats goes out to Natasha and Matthew on their nuptials. May they have a long and very happy life together!!

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A Sneak Peek At ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

New production photos hit the Internets

Last week we got our first look at the movie poster for the upcoming Spike Jonze film Where The Wild Things Are, which is the first big screen live actioni adaptation of the classic children’s book by author Maurice Sendak. Thus far, not much of the actual movie has been seen … that is, until USA Today got their hands on some promo photos from the film that give us our first really good look at what the movie will look like … behold:


Who’s Max? Why, Max is Max. Max Records, 11, is the boy with anger issues who escapes to a land where giant beasts roam in Where the Wild Things Are, the film version of Maurice Sendak’s 1963 storybook classic. Such same-name casting is the type of coincidence that could only happen to a filmmaker who once placed a portal in an actor’s head in Being John Malkovich. “It’s just fortuitous, kismet, circumstance,” says Spike Jonze, who cast Max after a director friend sent him a tape. “I can’t imagine anyone else playing Max. Max is the soul of the movie. He’s a very special sort of kid. Deep and thoughtful. Sweet and sincere.” Audiences will get a chance to check out both Maxes on Friday in a trailer accompanying Monsters vs. Aliens. The Portland, Ore., sixth-grader spent four months on the film, which was shot outside Melbourne, Australia. His parents — Shawn, a photographer, and Jenny, a librarian — along with brother Sam, 7, joined him Down Under. Max has been in videos for Death Cab for Cutie and Cake but has almost no performing experience other than a bit part in school “that was pretty pathetic.” Save for Star Wars, he says, “I wasn’t a huge movie person. I’m not into what won the Oscars this year.” What he is into is books, and Wild Things is one of his favorites. “It’s sort of different and not a simple story.” Max, who also can be seen in The Brothers Bloom (May 29), would like to continue to act. “But not gigantic parts. I’m in school and stuff. It’s too disruptive.” He did get some encouragement — from Sendak himself. “I got to meet him last September,” he says. What did the author say to him? “Good job.”

The more I see of this movie from promo photos the more desperate I am to be able to see the movie in full. The Where The Wild Things Are book is deceptively simplistic. There isn’t much text and, to me, the story is really told in the illustrations in the book. Because the story is about one child’s imagination, the possibilities for a full-on movie are limitless. I have full faith that Spike Jonze will be able to fortify the story that we all know and love and expand upon the world that Max creates in his bedroom. While I didn’t wear wolf costumes when I was a kid, I did like to wear my Batman pajamas and pretend that my room was the Bat Cave. Where The Wild Things Are really speaks to the spark of imagination that exists in us all. I’m really anxious to see Jonze vision of the tale on the big screen. October seems like a lifetime away but we will get to see the first video footage from the film ahead of showings of Monsters vs. Aliens, which opens this weekend. I cannot wait.

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Lauren Conrad’s Clothing Line Is Dunzo?

Poor sales reportedly cause the line to go on "hiatus"

Uh oh! It would seem that not even the princess of reality television is immune from the effects of the struggling US economy … according to Page Six, Lauren LC Conrad was forced to put her clothing line, The Lauren Conrad Collection, on “hiatus” due to the fact that no one is buying. As a result, LC has decided to halt production of future designs and rather revamp the line for possible relaunch later on in the future:


LAUREN Conrad’s clothing line is on hiatus until further notice. Los Angeles sources say the MTV reality starlet, who’s wrapping up her last season on “The Hills,” won’t be producing any more seasons of her Lauren Conrad Collection, which launched in fall 2007. Some showrooms got a message from her camp saying, “In light of the economic climate, Lauren has decided to completely rethink her line.” As a result, shipment of the last spring and summer delivery has been canceled, the memo said. Page Six previously reported that the line wasn’t moving in stores like Kitson and Bloomingdale’s. “Lauren is going to revamp her line and design with more high-end fabrics . . . things she couldn’t do the first time around,” a source close to Conrad said. Her rep told us, “With everything going on in the economy and in her life, she wants to rework her line and offerings. She will make announcements soon.”

Not that LC really needs any more money but I’m sure it’s a bit stressful to have a huge venture like this struggle and flail to the point where the decision has to be made to pull the plug and cut one’s losses. It’s entirely possible that The Lauren Conrad Collection might return one day with new fashions to sell but it’s also very possible that the line could go the way of the Heidiwood Collection (Heidi Montag‘s clothing line) and be dunzo for good. LC‘s rep says that she will “make announcements soon” so we may be giving the line a hearty Peace the Spork Out very soon. What do y’all think … are we sad for LC‘s loss?

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Newlyweds Mandy Moore & Ryan Adams Arrive In SoCal

You can't hide that rock forever, Mandy

Mandy Moore and new hubby Ryan Adams, who were wed a couple of weeks ago in a secret ceremony in Savannah, GA, made their way to SoCal this past weekend for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. R-Andy M-Adams. Upon arrival at LAX Airport, Mandy quickly shoved her left hand into her jeans pocket in order to try hide her wedding ring but, invariably, ended up letting the ring show anyway:


I’m not entirely sure why she felt the need to try and hide her ring. Her spokesperson confirmed the news that she and Ryan got married so it’s not really a secret. She really shouldn’t be scared by the rock that she’s got … she should proudly show that thing off! I’m still having a bit of a difficult time accepting that Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams actually got married … especially considering the long list of women that Ryan has been attached to over the years (Parker Posey, Leona Naess, Winona Ryder and on and on). But finally it was sweet little Mandy (who has a substantial list of exes of her own — Andy Roddick, Wilmer Valderrama, Zach Braff, DJ AM) who ended up winning his heart, tamed the savage beast and got him to say I Do. They do make a cute couple (tho, I’ve always been pulling for Ryan and Leona Naess to end up together … they both seems so perfectly jaded together). I really hope they’ll be making beautiful music together for many, many years to come.

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Alyson Hannigan Continues To Be Pregs, Cute

Aly & Alexis Denisof take the bump grocery shopping

Alyson Hannigan and her hubby Alexis Denisof did a bit of grocery shopping this weekend in Brentwood, CA to pick up a few essentials from Whole Foods. As you can see from this set of photos, Aly is still pregs … in fact, she looks very pregs and lookin’ like she’s on the verge of birthin’ her baby. As always, she looks radiantly beautiful and by the look of that smile on her face, she appears to be enjoying every moment of her pregnancy:


I’m not sure if it was intentional or not but the fact that Aly and Alexis matched their outfits is kind of adorable. It won’t be long before we get to see photos of these two pushing along a baby pram with their new bundle of joy safely tucked away. We have no idea when exactly we might expect the birth of little baby Hannigan-Denisof but I suspect it won’t be long now. Bump watch continues … for now.

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SxSW: Day 4

The TV Guide

After last night’s lateness and today’s hotel check out-ness, I only have time to write one post before I have to get on my plane back to LA. Please forgive the shortness but the last night of South by Southwest for me here in Austin, TX was a late one … and it was awesome. After I finished blogging yesterday, I made my way to the closest Sonic to enjoy some amazing deliciousness to get my day started:


If Chick-Fil-A is my fave Southern fast food restaurant, Sonic has to be my #2. I LIVED for their Frito’s Pies back when I lived in Oklahoma … but they’ve since turned into Frito Chili Cheese Wraps — and they’re just as amazing. OMG, I could’ve honestly eaten 8 of those things but I wanted to munch on the tater tots and the popcorn chicken … oh and a large grape slush. It was so delish :)

So after I ate all that yumminess, I made my way downtown and met up with my friend Devin. We grabbed some drinks at the Shakespeare’ Ale House, got hit on by some drunk girls and got to talk music. I really wanted to see DJ Dieselboy but his performance was too close to Yelle‘s performance who was all the way across … so we skipped him to see Yelle only to find a massively long line. Devin only had a wristband so I waited with him in line and we determined that we weren’t going to get in. We cut our losses and got in line for Perry Farrell‘s solo show at midnight. The line wasn’t too long when we got there but the door people were telling us that they didn’t think anyone would get in cuz they had to fulfill a “guest list” which I understand is a no-no here at SxSW. A few locals in the know started complaining and magically they let the folks with wristbands in … Devin and I got a prime position right at the front of the stage. I kinda thought that all of Jane’s Addiction might perform but it turned out to be Perry, his small band and a couple of go-go dancers. Here are a few photos:


The show was just fun as hell!! Perry is such a happy man, his show was just really jovial and he was in great spirits. The whole place was a total lovefest. His performance ran a little longer than the usual 45 mins. cuz he did an encore of the Jane’s Addiction song Jane Says to close out his show. After the jump, watch video of that performance … More »

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Vicki B. Bends Over Backwards For Armani Women’s Underwear

A new ad

As you may recall, Victoria Beckham is featured in the new ad campaign for Emporio Armani Women’s Underwear for Spring/Summer ‘09 and even managed to get her hawt hubby David Beckham to appear in an ad with her (as an added treat, we also got to see a new batch of photos of Becks modeling the new season of Emporio Armani Men’s Underwear, too). Today we get to see a new promo ad for the campaign that features VB bending over backwards to sell the fashionable undies … behold:


She has complained in the past of ‘looking really awful naked’, yet it seems Victoria Beckham can’t resist peeling off when it comes to Armani photo shoots. Reclining backwards onto a bed wearing nothing but skimpy underwear, black stilettos and her trademark pout, this is the ex-Spice Girl’s latest lingerie ad for the fashion giant. In these new pictures, the mother-of-three shows off a considerably more curvy figure than she is usually known for. Her provocative pose, assisted by some clever lighting, shows her toned legs and stomach and rounded bottom as she stretches backwards. The flattering shadows in the photo reveal a body most women would envy. It’s not the first time Posh has peeled off her clothes for Armani – in the past she has joined her semi-naked husband David to advertise the lingerie. It is thought to be part of a lucrative deal worth an estimated £32 million in total. The couple, who are parents to Brooklyn, 10, Romeo, six, and Cruz, three, are promoting underwear from the spring/summer collection for the Italian label. The image is part of a series of shots, largely featuring a solo Victoria, taken by celebrated fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

I actually quite like this photo … and yes, she does look really toned. She also looks really hungry but, after all these years, I’m pretty sure that is the look she is going for. While I much prefer seeing photos of David Beckham in his undies, I suppose this new photo of VB in her skivvies is a nice harbinger of things to come. Perhaps we’ll be getting more photos of Becks in the Armani undies in the near future? I wouldn’t mind seeing him in pose like this … would you?

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SxSW: Day Three

The TV Guide

Yesterday was another fun-filled day here in Austin, TX for the South by Southwest music festival … I got to see a few really great performances, including a couple of repeat performances to round out my third day of the fest. Before the fun got underway, I met up with my friend Rachel, her boyfriend Nathaniel and their friend Carey for a sumptuous dinner at Buenos Aires Cafe. The food was amazing but the dessert … omg … was to die for:


My show line-up for last night was made up of Jump Back Jake (from Memphis, TN), Erin McCarley (from Dallas, TX), Javelins (from Detroit, MI), Melissa Auf Der Maur (from Montreal, Canada) and The Von Bondies (from Detroit, MI) … here are a few photos:


The shows were all really great … Jump Back Jake was my fave discovery of the day. Erin was fun to see again and I was really happy to see my Detroit boys the Javelins on stage again. The last time I saw them live they were performing at an arcade/pizza parlor in Toledo, OH a few years ago. My ex-boyfriend Erik is a huge fan of theirs, he’s the one who introduced me to the band. My big show of the night was former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur. I LOVE her to death. Her debut album is one of my faves … she’s been away from music for a few years but she’s back and promises to release a new album this summer. After the jump, check out video of Melissa performing her song Follow the WavesMore »

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Les News, 032009

Metallica's surprise, Lindsay's regret, Gwyneth's guilt
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'Twilight' DVD Release Edition

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers who attended parties and/or celebrated the release of Twilight on DVD last night — Christina and her co-workers, who work at the University of Texas, enjoyed a lunch meeting/party to prepare for the DVD release — Brandy and her friends in Augusta, GA send in a pic from their Borders midnight release party … the ladies wore Team Edward, Team Jasper and Team Jacward (for both Jacob and Edward) shirts for the affair — Michelle and Heather send in a pic from the Hot Topic midnight release party in their town — Mallary and her friends in Beaumont, TX dressed up as Twilight characters for the DVD release party in their town — Rachel & Whitney send in a pic with their fun sign at their DVD release party:


So fun! It looks like all y’all had a great day yesterday in celebration of the Twilight DVD release … thank you all so much for taking the time to share your fun pics. Much love to all y’all for the rest of your fun photos … please keep ‘em comin’!! xoxoxo

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Britney Spears Goes Clubbin’ In Montreal

Felicia, Brett and Larry come along for the ride

Britney Spears, who is currently making her way across North America on her The Circus starring Britney Spears Tour, played a show in Montreal, Canada last night and afterward gathered up her posse and made a grand appearance at Tribe Hyperclub to dance the night away. Brit‘s closest friends and associates on this tour — assistants Felicia Culotta and Brett Miller along with her very loyal manager Larry Rudolph — enjoyed the Montreal nightlife with our dear Britney last night … here are a few photos:


As you can see, the nightclub literally rolled out the red carpet for Britney‘s arrival. I understand her troop of backup dancers also came out for the festivities. Last night, Britney sent out a tweet on her official Twitter profile that read:

Went to Tribe in Montreal with the dancers after the show last night. We had a really great time. 2 days off in a row! -Brit

It really sounds like Britney is having a great and safe time on this tour. With so many people who genuinely care about her watching over her, I think she is learning that she can have a good time and not put herself in danger. I still have a few weeks to go before I can see her live in concert on this tour … the anticipation is killing me. I’m glad to hear that things are going so well, tho. I can’t wait to see her on the concert stage again.

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Is Doug Reinhardt Ready To Propose To Paris Hilton?

Mr. & Mrs. Pug Dilton?

In what could either be described as the best news ever or the most horrible tragedy to befall the sanctity of marriage, it is being reported that Doug Reinhardt is RUMORED to be ready to ask Paris Hilton to marry him. On the one hand, this could be good news because their marriage would keep each of them away from other innocent people. On the other hand, this could be bad news because the thought of Paris getting married is just … wrong. Here are a few pictures of Pug Dilton as they made their way to a club in SoCal earlier this week and the alleged deets of Doug‘s proposal plans:


Doug Reinhardt – who has been dating the hotel heiress since last month – is keen to tie the knot and has asked her father Rick for Paris’ hand in marriage. A source said: “Doug is smitten with Paris and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He’s already found the perfect ring, asked her father for permission and is now waiting for the right time to pop the question.” Doug, who stars in the US reality TV show ‘The Hills’, has spared no expense on the ring and intends to propose in Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont’s Bungalow 3. Doug and Paris – who split from rocker lover Benji Madden last year – recently took their relationship to the next level after he bought her an expensive pet. A source revealed: “Doug bought Paris a $10,000 teacup Pomeranian dog when they were in Japan recently. He went to all her appearances and shoots and would just stare at her adoringly. He says she’s the hottest girl on the planet.” The tiny dog seems to have won animal lover Paris’ heart. The source added: “Paris thinks Doug is handsome, generous and fun to be with.”

LOL! This is so ridiculous … but I really do hope it eventually turns out to be true. As I’ve said ever since the couple paired up, Pug Dilton absolutely belong together. They are so well suited for one another and are each deserving of the other … I really would love for them to stay together forever. How much fun would a Paris Hilton wedding be? Can you imagine how garishly fug the whole affair would be? Rumors of proposals like this very rarely turn out to be true … which is sad … cuz I’d love to see these two tie the knot.

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Courtney Love Blogs About The ‘STUPIDIDTY’ Of Her Fans’ Comments

More blog fun from C. Love

Courtney Love, everyone’s fave My Space blogger, has posted a new missive on her official My Space blog where she — once again — rails against people she claims are using her daughter’s last name to steal her money … and then she goes on to berate the comments left by her fans and then closes with her take on the state of the current economic crisis in the US. It’s crazy … and it’s classic C. Love. Here is the full text of Courtney Love‘s latest blogpost, all spelling and grammatical errors are her own:


okay class 2 plus 2 equals FOUR
Current mood:idioticindenail

there are 27 TWENTY SEVEN Cobains inthe USA< there are no other people named Kurt and there is certainly not a name "KOBANE" AS IN DAWN CICCONE KOBANE. KAY?
NOW there are NO cobains in Ohio or New Jersey,
ALL of the people show including the 103 year olds ( when theres 50 that means there are tons more we were just looking at Cobains over 100 years of age, there are none so these peopel ALL HAVE PROPERTY< they all own PROPERTY, there are 1000s and 1000s of these using my and my daughters surname ( they have to to purchase the fraudelent property they have to show a forged POWER OF ATTORNEY to some batty old lady in the the county title office are you WITH ME?)

i am fucking SHOCKED to see the STUPIDIDTY of some of your comments. really
"kurt will always be no 1" what the FUCK? are you fucking BRAINDEAD?

Kurt is DEAD. yet he owns under his ssn over 2000 properties, under a few other names even more, do you get it?

they stole HIS money were forced to use HIS surname and bought REAL property

do you UNDERSTAND?
DO YOU UNDERFUCKINGSTAND?

to show you much else would make you start singing i dont know,....Metallica? am i speaking to BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD?
HAVE YOU EVER READ A BOOK?

ONE?

DO YOU REALISE WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION?

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ROCK AND ROLL IS AN INDUSTRY WHERE ALOT OF MONEY GETS STOLEN? ( EG HENDRIX FAMILY 280,000,000$)? DO YOU?

ARE YOU YET UNDERSTANDING THAT THE FAMILY, THE MOTHER, SISTERS, HALF BROTHER AND DAUGHTER OF KURT COBAIN HAVE HAD EVERY PENNY STOLEN AND PUT INTO CRAPPY ASSED PLANNED UNIT SUBDIVISIONS, LOOK AT "CARMEN"

DO YOU THINK THAT THERE IS A CARMEN? IN THE WORLD? COBAIN? THERE IS NOT.

AS STATED THERE ARE NO COBAINS OF ANY VARIANT IN OHIO OR NEW JERSEY,

ARE YOU FUCKING BRAINDEAD?

MORTGAGE FRAUD IS A 4 TRILLION DOLLAR A YEAR INDUSTRY,

DO YOU THINK THAT 103 YEAR OLD COBAINS WHO HAVE LIVED AT ONE ADDRESS FOR 103 YEARS EXIST?

do you?

do YOU?

4 TRILLION A YEAR INMORTGAGE FRAUD.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

Um … whut? As best as I can ascertain, Courtney felt compelled to explain, in her own way, that there are people out there using the last name Cobain to buy property and as a result are stealing from her and her daughter … or something like that. As far as C. Love blogposts go, this one is … weird. I’m not sure who she is talking to. She asks, “DO YOU UNDERFUCKINGSTAND?” and I have to say that, No, I do not underfuckingstand … but that’s OK. All of the fun of reading Courtney‘s blog comes from the fact that it generally makes no sense at all — and, once again, Courtney does not disappoint.

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Octomom Nadya Suleman Becomes Art

Immortal mother

Pop culture artist Daniel Edwards, who previously immortalized Britney Spears giving birth and Hillary Clinton‘s bare breasts in statues of their own, has created a new piece of artwork titled String of Babies in honor of the so-called Octomom Nadya Suleman … behold:


It’s the stuff nightmares are made of, not fit for any nursery… But this collectible rubber toy can be yours for the bargain price of your immortal soul. Daniel Edwards, the artist who brought us Suri’s poop, Britney birthing, Paris’ insides and Oprah’s head-with-dogs, has brought his sculptor’s sensibility to Octomom with his latest creation, String of Babies’, holds a baby bottle upright. The bright pink “toy” features octopuslike tentacles sprouting from a replica of Nadya Suleman’s head and cradling eight little identical baby heads and a baby bottle. No word on which of the eight doll-reminiscent heads are supposed to be Noah and Isaiah, the two Suleman infants who on Tuesday were the first of the eight to be released from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower, Calif. The press release touting the new addition to the creep-out canon deems String of Babies to be in the ironic, in-your-face style of American Gothic—Grant Wood’s much-parodied painting of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and his equally severe-looking wife standing in front of their home. Of course. We’re sure countless cultural histories about String of Babies are forthcoming.

Blah! While the Octomom has become something of a pop cultural phenomenon, I can’t help but think that all of this crazy attention is exactly the sort of thing she relishes. While I don’t necessarily think that she planned on becoming a “celebrity” because of her octuplets (and by that I mean, Nadya Suleman doesn’t strike me as the kind of person to possess intelligent foresight) I absolutely believe that she is prolly loving every minute of all of the attention. Now that she has been immortalized by Daniel Edwards, she joins the ranks of other celebs like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Oprah Winfrey and more as subjects of pop culture who will live forever as art … which, to Suleman, is prolly a very nice perk of giving birth to 8 babies at once.

AND GET THIS … YOU can buy this piece of artwork for a mere $199! What a bargain! Is anyone interested in owning this? Should I buy one?

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M.I.A. DOES Give Her Son An Interesting Name

It's not Ickitt but Ikhyd

Earlier this month Latina.com broke the news that M.I.A. had given her son the very interesting name of Ickitt, news that was met with much discussion from the Internet community. Almost immediately after the news started to make its way around the Internets, M.I.A. posted a very excited message on her My Space blog to vehemently refute that she had named her son Ickitt. Since that time, she had to file a birth certificate for her little guy and it has come to light that she may not have named her son Ickitt but she did name her son Ikhyd — which prolly sounds very much like Ickitt and that is prolly how the original story got started in the first place. Say hello, again, to Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman:


We got our hands on singer M.I.A’s new baby’s birth certificate and, as she disputed on her blog, the baby’s name is not Ickitt. That’s just ridiculous, who in their right mind would name their baby that? The real name happens to be Ikhyd. According to the document, Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam officially named her son Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman, common spelling. Another interesting fact — baby faced M.I.A’s birth date is listed as 7/18/75 which makes her real age 33.

Also, it was previous reported that Benjamin Brewer is the father of M.I.A.‘s baby but the father’s name on the birth certificate is listed as Benjamin Bronfman. It’s pretty interesting that M.I.A. made such a big deal about the erroneous reports of her baby’s name when the kid’s real name is very similar to those erroneous reports and prolly sounds very similar. It prolly would’ve been much less of a big deal if she had just made the announcement herself :) In any event, love and congrats goes out — again — to the happy parents on the birth of their new baby Ikhyd.

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Lance Bass Holidays With Hot, Half-Nekkid Men

It must be Friday

Being a former boy bander really has its privileges … especially when you consider that *NSync member Lance Bass can’t seem to do anything without having a gaggle of super hot dudes around him at almost all times. Lance recently went on holiday with friends(?) including Brazilian screenwriter Gustavo Marzolla (who he appears to be very close with by the look of some of the photos) in Ecuador and photos of the pals have made their way to the Internets … natch:


Whenever Lance goes on vacay with the boys you can expect lots of skin, rock hard abs and his trademark “hang ten” hand salute in the photographic evidence. After the jump, check out a few photos of Lance with his boys in paradise … More »

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Lindsay Lohan Does ‘Nylon’ Magazine

It's hipster to be square

Lindsay Lohan is featured on the cover and in the pages of the 10th anniversary issue of Nylon magazine. In her coverstory interview, Lindsay talks about her love of photoshoots, her opinion on Britney Spears and alludes to a new film project with Sean Penn … and hopefully Seth Rogan. Here is Lindsay on the cover of the 10th Anniversary issue of Nylon and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:


It’s our 10th anniversary, so we knew our cover had to be huge. That meant only one thing: Lindsay Lohan. The starlet and self proclaimed “tabloid obsession” sits down with NYLON for a candid chat.

On Having Her Picture Taken: I love doing photo shoots… I mean, if I could just sign with IMG and do ad campaigns and model more, I’d do that… because that’s fun for me. That’s not work.

Her one Mean Girls reference: There’s not much I can do about the fact that I’ve become a kind of tabloid obsession. I can’t change that. And yes, the websites, the gossip pages, and all of that stuff have hurt my career – they’re like the Burn Books of Hollywood… but I really don’t feel like I should have to prove myself to anyone because of living out my college years in the public eye. I’m glad everything happened the way it did.

On Britney Spears: She’s marketed as an entertainer, which is what she is. Not necessarily as, like, an artist. And I respect that about her, cause she doesn’t want to pretend.

On her future: I’m talking to [lots of people]. One is Sean Penn – I spoke to him again the other day. We’re trying to get Seth Rogen for this project, but Seth won’t call us back. So call us back, Seth, if you’re reading this!

Oooh! Another scintillating interview with L. Lo. I really hope the full interview has more to than these quotes hint at. Tho, what more can be asked of Lindsay Lohan that hasn’t been asked already? After the jump, check out a few photos from her photospread — you know you want to see more pics of Lindsay posing with a cigarette … More »

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James Franco Begins To ‘Howl’

On the set of his new movie

Here are a couple photos of actor James Franco, who we last saw in the films Milk and Pineapple Express, on the NYC set of his new movie Howl. James plays famed Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the film that tells the tale of the obscenity trial that took place in the 1950′s that attempted to censor his now classic poem Howl:


While Jack Kerouac is my fave writer from the Beat generation, I’ve read quite a bit of Ginsberg‘s poetry, including Howl, and absolutely love the idea of James Franco playing the poet. This would be the second role in a year where Franco plays a gay man … are we beginning to see a pattern? I absolutely hope so :) After the jump, check out a few more pics of Franco on the Howl set this week … More »

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Nicole Richie Does ‘BlackBook’ Magazine

Goes a little GaGa?

Nicole Richie, who just launched her first official website HERE, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new Music issue of BlackBook magazine. Depending on your point of view, in this new photospread she is either lookin’ a lot like Xtina Aguilera, a lot like Lady GaGa or a lot like Xtina Aguilera ripping off Lady GaGa. Here is Nicole‘s new BlackBook magazine coverphoto:


She looks great … and, yes, she looks a lot like the latest looks from both Xtina and GaGa. After the jump, check out the rest of the photos from this photospread and be prepared for a lot of neon brashness … More »

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Whitney Port Hooking Up With Robert Buckley?

Um, can you blame her?

Well, well, well, well … it looks like Whitney Port, from MTV‘s The Hills & The City, broke up with her boyfriend Jay Lyon just in time to catch a bigger (and much, much hotter) fish. Life & Style magazine is reporting that Whitney and Lipstick Jungle hottie Robert Buckley were spied lookin’ pretty cozy in Miami, FL where the pair were playing co-hosts at the Havaianas Spring Break event at the Shore Club on Wednesday. HMMM. Considering what a hawt piece of man Robert Buckley is, I can’t say that I can blame Whitney for going for it ;) Here is a pic of the pair together in Mimai and the L&S report on their supposed hook-up:


It looks like Whitney Port isn’t wasting any time getting over ex-boyfriend Jay Lyon! Sparks are already flying between The City’s Whitney and Lipstick Jungle actor Robert Buckley, an insider tells Life & Style. The duo were both in Miami to host the Havaianas Spring Break event at the Shore Club on March 18. “Whitney and Rob hung out together all day. They were even holding hands!” an insider tells Life & Style. “There was definitely something in the air!” But the passion really ignited at dinner later that night. “Whitney and Rob joined about 10 of their friends for dinner at Nobu. They got quite cozy and started making out like crazy!” the insider reveals. To cap off the sultry evening, the two partied the night away! “They hit the town together after dinner.” says the insider. Juicy new romance or a spring fling? Only time will tell…

You know, if this report is true and something does come from this Spring fling … then Whitney Port is one lucky girl. Robert Buckley is a total cutie and, from what I understand, a really cool guy. I’m not sure I totally believe the details of this report but, again, I can’t say that I would blame Whitney one bit for trying to get into Robert‘s pants. Wouldn’t it be great if Robert started showing up on The City? OMG! Olivia Palmero would DIE! OK, mebbe not … the show might be beneath him … buy any Robert Buckley is more than welcome as far as I’m concerned. My gut tells me that these two are not and will not become an item … which is deffo a loss for Whitney. What do y’all think … do you like these two together?

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SxSW: Day Two

The TV Guide

OY! I am tired and beat … all this South by Southwest fun is beatin’ my ass up! It wasn’t that long ago that I used to have the kind of stamina that it takes to go all day long from concert to concert without much sleep … but I guess in my old age, that ability has died down a bit. I have to say, tho, that I am having the best time ever tho. I made my first SxSW friend yesterday, got to see a few amazing performances and even got to dance a little bit. Day Two was really fun and really packed ;) I started out by grabbing a bite to eat at the nearest Chick-Fil-A:


The day just got better from there. I met my new friend Devin while we were waiting in line to see The Von Bondies perform at the Bat Bar inside the Austin Convention Center. We hit it off and hung out for the VB show and then made our way to the Peter Murphy show that was right after. We lost touch at that show but met up later on in the night. After Peter, I made my way to La Zona Rosa to await Tori Amos and saw Gabriella Cilmi and Erin McCarley who performed before Tori‘s set — they were both really great. On the advice of Neil Gaiman, I hauled my ass all the way across town as soon as Tori‘s performance was over to see Amanda Palmer … which is where I met up with my friend Devin. So many great performances!!! Here are pics of the artists that I saw yesterday:


The Von Bondies were so great … it was the first time I saw them perform outside of Detroit. They looked and sounded amazing. The new stuff is really good. Peter Murphy was just fabulous … he was in total Grand Dame mode and seemed to be having a great time. Gabriella Cilmi was a nice surprise … her cover of Justin Timberlake‘s Cry Me A River was pretty rad. Erin McCarley was another new find for me. I’m deffo gonna have to pick up her album … and I may see her again tonight. She did a great version of Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega … totally killed it!! Tori was heavenly, as I already mentioned HERE and Amanda Palmer … wow! So far, she is my fave new discovery. Her raw passion and talent is really inspiring. She reminds me a bit of Ani DiFranco on piano. I am gonna get as much of her music as I can as well.

After the long day, I needed a drink … so Devin suggested we head over to Oil Can Harry’s for a beverage or two … which was great cuz the club was hosting a nekkid boy in underwear contest :) Not a bad way to unwind. Devin and I hung out for a bit and then I decided to call it a day by 2am. So much fun, tho. I have to give a shout-out to all the people I got to meet yesterday like Steve, Katie, Carrie and Laurie … there were others and I wish I could remember all the names but, alas, I failed to jot them down :( Here are pics of me with Pink readers Erica and Brittany at the Tori show and Javier from the Red Bull party the night before:


Tonight I’m meeting up with my friend Rachel for dinner and then I’m planning to see the Detroit band the Javelins and Melissa Auf Der Maur. I’m sure I’ll squeeze in some other shows too so … the fun never stops :) Seriously tho, I’m gonna need a vacation from this vacation. I hope I can make it thru ’til Sunday. OY!!

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TR Knight's accident, Fred talks Britney, Kelly talks drugs
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Tori Amos Performs Three New Songs At SxSW

'Lady in Blue', 'Curtain Call' and 'Mary Jane' make their debut

Last night I had the privlidge of attending Tori Amos‘s South by Southwest performance at La Zona Rosa here in Austin, TX to bear witness to the debut of three new songs from her new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Playing for just about 45 minutes, Tori played a 9-song set that included the songs Lady in Blue, Curtain Call and Mary Jane from her new album in addition to beloved classics like Crucify, Silent All These Years and others. Here are a few of the photos that I snapped of Tori‘s performance last night and the full show setlist:


Tori AmosLa Zona Rosa @ SxSW 03.19.09

Lady in Blue
Curtain Call
Crucify
Cloud On My Tongue
Beauty of Speed
Mary Jane
Take To The Sky (With I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet interlude)
Silent All These Years
Barons of Suburbia

The show was short but very sweet. Tori performed with just her piano and a keyboard, no band … and sounded divine. Each Tori Amos performance is a special one and you could tell that she was in great spirits last night. She gave a shout out to all of the “familiar faces” in the crowd and lovingly played thru her very short set. The new songs are interesting but I’ll need a few more listens to formulate a full opinion. Tori introduced the new song Mary Jane by explaining that it was inspired by a “true story” of a teenage boy (who she didn’t want to name) who asked his mother if he could invite Mary Jane over to their house … or something to that effect. The song is very cute. I managed to record video of her performing that song which you can watch behind the cut. The classic songs were amazing. Cloud on my Tongue is one of my favorites, I love hearing her perform that song solo without the band (sorry guys ;) After the jump, check out video of Tori performing the songs Crucify and Mary JaneMore »

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‘Twilight’ Director Reveals Her Sexy Casting Methods

Trades the "casting couch" for her own bed

As the Twilight movie is released on DVD this weekend … well, tonight at midnight actually, (as is evident from all of the advertising on the site today), new interviews about the film’s creation are being published all over the place this week. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke talks to Life & Style magazine and reveals how she went about casting Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan. While some directors will have actors enact scenes in sterile offices and conference rooms, Hardwicke opted for a more intimate setting … her bedroom:


There’s no denying the chemistry between Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. And, as Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke tells Life & Style, finding co-stars with that special spark was all part of her plan! “[During casting] I did the whole scene in my bedroom to be sure that these two people had sparks,” Hardwicke told Life & Style at the launch of Twilight: Director’s Notebook in Santa Monica on March 17. “Are they intense? Are we going to believe it and love it?” And this director didn’t just stop at filming them in the bedroom; she wanted them to lock lips! “I said, ‘Yes, we really want you to kiss. I want to see if this works,’” she reveals. “Because at the end of the day, if it just doesn’t work, then it’s not going to work for the whole movie. So I made them go ahead and kiss, and the sparks did fly!” Will Rob and Kristen have the same passionate flame in New Moon?

Hahahaha … while this info is funny it’s also a bit creepy. I can’t imagine that it was all that comfortable for the pair to get all smoochy with one another in Catherine Hardwicke‘s bed. The chemistry between the two must’ve been really palatable for it to show thru in the director’s bed room. I envision a lot of frilly, floral and lace pillows piled on the bed. ::Shudder::

And so … at last … Twilight will be available for purchase so that all y’all rabid Twilighters can watch the movie over and over and over to your heart’s content. I suspect there will be a lot of folks making their way out to the various midnight release parties that are happening all over the country. If YOU venture out tonight to pick up your copy of Twilight on DVD, send in your pics from the DVD release parties. I’ll be sure to post as many of them as I can on the blog tomorrow! Happy shopping!!

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Trent Reznor Releases A Batch Of Unreleased Music

NINJA2009.com offers an EP with unreleased songs from NIN, Jane's Addiction & Street Sweeper

As promised and in celebration of the upcoming NIN/JA Tour that will feature co-headliners Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction and Tom Morello‘s new project Street Sweeper, Trent Reznor launched the new site www.NINJA2009.com earlier this morning. Visitors to the site are offered the opportunity to download a 6 song EP that features unreleased tracks from all three bands (2 songs from each). Here is what the artwork for the EP looks like:


The tour sampler offers FREE studio versions of the previously unreleased Nine Inch Nails outtake tracks Not So Pretty Now and Non-Entity that were recorded during the With Teeth album sessions. Non-Entity appears on the Beside You In Time DVD but neither track has ever been officially made available by TR … until now. The two Jane’s Addiction tracks, Chip Away and Whores, appear to be from the recording sessions for their new album (which, I understand, was produced by Trent Reznor). The two Street Sweeper tracks, Clap for the Killers and The Oath, are our first tastes of Tom Morello‘s new project. I’ve already listened to all of the tracks twice now and they rock. What a great way to get amped up for the coming NIN/JA Tour. Head on over to NINJA2009.com NOW to download this free music … you won’t be disappointed.

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President Obama Does ‘The Tonight Show’

Heeeeeeeere's Barack!

President Barack Obama made his first visit to late night TV since becoming our nation’s 44th Commander in Chief by appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. In a mostly spirited and jovial appearance, President Obama talked about the impending arrival of the First Dog to the White House, he touched upon the current economic troubles that our country is dealing with and, IMHO, made a pretty insensitive remark at the expense of the mentally disabled in order to crack a joke about his bowling game. Here are a couple photos from his appearance on The Tonight Show last night and some deets about his interview with Jay Leno:


President Obama mixed jokes with serious discussion Thursday during an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” While presidential candidates have used comedy shows for campaigning as far back as Richard Nixon’s performance on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in 1968, Obama became the first sitting president to appear before a late-night talk show studio audience. Obama complimented guitarist Kevin Eubanks on his suit, and he cracked jokes about the Secret Service and “American Idol” host Simon Cowell. Obama also remarked on his poor bowling skills, which were evident during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania. He told Leno that he bowled 129 in the White House bowling alley and said his bowling skills are “like Special Olympics or something.” Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said the president’s remarks were not meant to poke fun of the Special Olympics. “The president made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,” Burton said. “He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world.” Obama later moved on to topical discussions of the economic crisis and the AIG bonus scandal. “The problem with AIG was that it owed so much and was tangled up with so many banks and institutions that if you had allowed it to just liquidate, to go into bankruptcy, it could have brought the whole financial system down. So it was the right thing to do to intervene in AIG,” Obama said. Obama said earlier this week that he’ll “take responsibility” for AIG executives receiving those controversial bonuses — roughly $165 million — while the company took $173 billion in government bailouts. Congress is looking for ways to recoup all or some of that money. “The larger problem is we’ve got to get back to an attitude where people know enough is enough, and people have a sense of responsibility and they understand that their actions are going to have an impact on everybody,” he said. “If we can get back to those values that built America, then I think we’re going to be OK.” Obama also said he was confident in his embattled Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. “I think Geithner is doing an outstanding job. I think that we have a big mess on our hands,” he said. “It’s not going to be solved immediately, but it is going to get solved.” Obama taped the show Thursday afternoon during a two-day swing through the Los Angeles area for town hall meetings focusing on the economy. Obama also discussed the “life in the bubble,” musing over how Secret Service agents would not let him walk 750 yards from Air Force One to the Costa Mesa fairgrounds, where some of the day’s activities were to take place. Obama said flying in Air Force One is “pretty cool,” especially because “they give you the jacket with the [presidential] seal on it,” he said. The only time Leno appeared to stop Obama in his tracks was when he asked the president whether he thought people intentionally lose basketball games when they play with him. “I don’t see why they would throw the game, except for all those Secret Service guys with guns around,” he said. There’s some political risk for Obama, according to Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz, who also hosts CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “He has to be very careful about his tone, because if he yuks it up too much and seems to be having too good a time, it will be quite a contrast there with the pain the people are feeling with the crumbling economy,” Kurtz said.

While I love me some Barack, I was not at all pleased with his Special Olympics “joke”. I absolutely understand that he meant no harm by making the crack but it really goes to show that our culture is so ingrained with the notion that the mentally disabled are easy fodder for humor. Nothing irks me more than the misuse of the word “retarded” as an insult or as a dig toward someone else. Again, I’m sure that 99% of the people who freely use that word “jokingly” don’t mean to offend others but, invariably, they do. In his official apology, I wish the President would’ve said more than just that he respects the Special Olympics. It would’ve been much better, in my opinion, if he had apologized for making the joke at the expense of the mentally disabled and urged others to consider what they are really saying when they do the same. Ack, I don’t mean to get all soap boxy but this sort of “humor” really pisses me off.

Moving on, I thought the whole appearance (absent the insensitive joke) was pretty great tho. Leno didn’t offer any tough questions and it was a general lovefest. President Obama is great on camera and his personality really shows thru in interviews like this. Even with the gaffe (or maybe because of it), he shows just how much of a pretty regular guy he really is. In case you missed it, you can read the full transcript of President Obama‘s appearance HERE or watch the full video interview after the jump … More »

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Hugh & Ava Jackman Have A Scooter Date

Cute!

Here are a few adorable photos of daddy Hugh Jackman and his little girl Ava Eliot taking full advantage of the warmer weather in NYC yesterday as the pair stepped out to ride their scooters together:


When last we saw this adorable pair out for a scooter ride together it was much colder, the pair were much more bundled up and Ava was doing all the scooter-ing. This time, tho, it looks like Hugh didn’t want to miss out on all the fun. It’s really great to see how attentive Hugh Jackman is to his children. Despite being a pretty big name actor, he still makes important quality time to spend with his children. These two make a supercute couple. As the temps continue to warm up in NYC, I suspect we’ll be seeing more playdates for these two in the future.

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Broadway Dims Lights In Honor Of Natasha Richardson

Blackout

Yesterday we learned the very sad news that Tony Award winning actress Natasha Richardson passed away at the young age of 45 on Wednesday after suffering a head injury during a ski lesson in Canada on Monday. In honor of her memory, Broadway dimmed their lights for a full minute at 8pm ET last night. Here are a couple photos of the darkened Great White Way in silent tribute to Natasha last night:


Grieving Liam Neeson was held in a comforting embrace by actress Sarah Jessica Parker as the actor attended a touching tribute by New York’s theatreland to his late wife Natasha Richardson. The Sex And The City star was among the luminaries of stage and screen who lined Broadway as theatres dimmed their lights in a minute long tribute to Neeson’s actress wife. The star was hugged by SJP, and husband Matthew Broderick who both came out to show their support to one of theatreland’s own. And despite Natasha’s strong British roots, the location of the tribute proved all the more fitting, as it was on Broadway that Neeson, 56, first met his wife of 15 years, when they appeared on stage together in 1992. Liam and his wife’s family, including mother Vanessa Redgrave, arrived to witness the moving tribute to the actress. At 8pm the lights of New York’s Broadway theatre district were dimmed for a minute in her honour. The solemn crowd applauded as Broadway’s theatres dimmed their lights one by one. The 45-year-old actress and mother of two died died two days after a fall on Monday on a beginners’ ski slope at the Mont Tremblant resort in Canada where she was holidaying with her two sons. The tribute to the British actress, who made her home in New York with her film star husband was a fitting reflection of the affection and the respect both she – and the theatrical dynasty she was a part of – was held in. Miss Richardson appeared in more than 30 films but was best known for her stage work, winning a Tony Award for her performance in the musical Cabaret in New York. She had been due to appear with her mother in a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music … Stars of stage and screen paid tribute to Miss Richardson following her untimely death. Sam Mendes, whose 1998 Broadway production of Cabaret saw Natasha win a Tony award for her portrayal of Sally Bowles said: “Natasha combined the best of Redgrave and Richardson: the enormous depth and emotional force of a great actor on the one hand, and the intelligence and objectivity of a great director on the other. She was one of a kind, a magnificent actress.” Maid In Manhattan co-star Ralph Fiennes described Richardson’s death as a “devastating loss”. Fiennes has been friends with Neeson since the pair appeared together in Schindler’s List. He said: “She was a star. A great actress, a beautiful woman, a fiercely loyal friend, a brilliant and generous companion. She was an adoring and loving wife and mother. She was unique. I cannot imagine a world without her wit, her love, her mischief, her great, great talent and her gift for living. I loved her very much. She was a supreme friend. I shall miss her deeply.” Dame Judi Dench said: “She had an incredibly luminous quality that you seldom see, and a great sense of humour. I thought she was a really great actress.” Richardson was described as an ‘outstanding’ student at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she studied from 1980 to 1983. The principal, Professor Gavin Henderson, said she had not capitalised on her family’s theatrical pedigree to win a place. He also revealed plans to set up a scholarship fund in her memory. He said: “She was an outstanding student, as her tutor George Hall recalls, ‘totally grounded in professional discipline and stage craft, a joy to work with – having the theatrical genes of the Redgraves, and the film culture of her father.’”

While a tribute like this is very fitting it’s all still so very sad. Natasha was a vibrant woman who was thriving on holiday just 5 days ago and after one small fall that was perceived as nothing at all, her life is over and she’s already being memorialized. It’s all so tragic … and that these events happened so quickly, very scary too. Again, my thoughts and prayers go out to Richardson‘s family … may they find the strength to endure this horrible time in their lives.

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Ed Westwick & Jessica Szohr Get Smoochy On The Streets Of NYC

AWWWW!

Gossip Girl co-stars and real-life lurvers Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr were spotted in NYC this week takin’ their pooch for a walk … pausing every so often to engage in a little bit o’ public lip-locking … behold:


So cute … but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. You may recall that the lovebirds were snapped gettin’ all smoochy at Madison Square Garden at a Knicks basketball game last month. They make such a cute couple … tho, when you think about their characters on GG, it’s kinda of an odd pairing. Clearly they are into one another which is very sweet to see. Since Blake Lively and Penn Badgely are paired up in real life as well … do you think there are any other real-life love matches to be made among the cast of Gossip Girl?

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Eliza Dushku Does ‘Boston Common’ Magazine

Covergirl

Dollhouse star and Buffyverse alum Eliza Dushku was on hand at Alibi inside the Liberty Hotel in Boston, MA earlier this week for a premiere party in honor of the new issue of Boston Common magazine which features her on the cover. Here are a few photos of the beautiful Eliza at the magazine party this week:


Eliza always looks so great … I’m glad to see that her hometown is so proud of her. While I’ve never read an issue of Boston Common before I’m pretty sure the mag was helped muchly by having Eliza on its cover … as would any magazine, actually. I’m really enjoying Dollhouse and I’m really hoping that the show will be able to find its audience so that it can stay on the air. Love her!!

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Prince William Gets An Ouchie!

Scarred for life

OUCH! Did you know that Prince William has a huge scar on his forehead a la Harry Potter? Yeah, me neither … until a new interview and photo surfaced that distinctly shows his pretty big scar which he apparently got as a child when he got beaned in the head with a golf club:


Prince William today revealed that he was left with a ‘Harry Potter scar’ after being hit around the head with a golf club when he was a boy. The Prince said the scar ‘glows sometimes’ – like that of the boy wizard – and had been caused by a friend wielding a seven iron while on a putting green. The 26-year-old also revealed an unlikely childhood dream of becoming a policeman, during an exclusive interview conducted by a 10-year-old cancer patient for CBBC’s Newsround. The aspiring Royal correspondent, named Alice, is a patient at the Royal Marsden Hospital, where Prince william is lending his support for a new cancer centre for children and teenagers. During the interview William explained how he got a scar on his head, which has been photographed looking inflamed after he plays sport. Pointing to his forehead, he told Alice: “That was for my Harry Potter scar, as I call it, just here. I call it that because it glows sometimes and some people notice it – other times they don’t notice it at all. I got hit by a golf club when I was playing golf with a friend of mine. Yeah, we were on a putting green and the next thing you know there was a seven-iron and it came out of nowhere and it hit me in the head. So, yeah, I was in hospital for that, but that was very minor compared to how many times you’ve been into hospital.” When aspiring reporter Alice quizzed him on his ambitions as a boy, he revealed he had aspired to join the constabulary – but eventually settled on Army. He said: “A long time ago I wanted to be a policeman, when I was younger. I soon learnt that probably wasn’t a good idea. At the moment I’m still doing some sort of helicopter flying, doing search and rescue. It’s going very well. My instructors would probably say, ‘Not so well’, but I think it’s going not too badly. I haven’t managed to dent any of the aircraft, I haven’t flown into any trees yet, so, it’s going okay.” During his the interview, conducted at Clarence House, William said he was following in his mother’s footsteps by lending support to the Royal Marsden Hospital … The Prince was also clear on who would win an arm wrestle between himself and Prince Harry. “You know the answer to that. It’s not even a contest. Obviously I’d win. Obviously. As the bigger brother you have that psychological power over your brother, you see,” he told Alice. Revealing what he would do if he were invisible for a day, he said: “I’d probably get myself in a lot of trouble. I’d probably go into the newspaper office, and I’d hide in the background and listen to all the stories they talk about me.”

See, you do learn something new every day. I cannot believe that I’ve never seen this huge scar on Wills‘s head before. I really love that he did this interview with young Miss Alice. What a thrill to be able to interview the prince. Concerning his comments about who would win in an arm wrestling match, I say we put the two princes to the test … have them strip down to the waist and arm wrestle. That way, we’d know for sure :)

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Jeremy Piven Enjoys A Smoke With Snoop Dogg

Puff, daddy

Actor Jeremy Piven got to hang out with rapper Snoop Dogg at Kanye West‘s Grammy Party last month and new photos of the party-goers have come to light. It would seem that Piven and Snoop indulged in a little of the smokey smoke:


LOLOLOL! HMMM … I wonder what the guys were smoking in that blunt … cuz I’d bet a lot of money that it wasn’t tobacco. Honestly, tho, if you’re gonna get caught smokin’ down I guess it’s kinda cool to get “caught” with Snoop Dogg. Is it Friday yet?

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SxSW: Day One

The TV Guide

So my first day here at South by Southwest was pretty damn fun, I must say. While the festival is a bit overwhelming, I think I’m getting the hang of how things work around here. It does help that everyone in attendance (that I’ve run into thus far) has been really cool, really friendly. The people of Austin have been amazing but the imports have been really cool, too. I got to see 4 performances last night — Janelle Monáe, Ladyhawke, Alaska in Winter and Young Love — here are a few photos:


Janelle was a nice surprise. I had heard her music before but never got to see her perform live — she’s amazing. She’s like James Brown and Outkast all packaged into a tiny little woman. Her whole stage persona was really fun and her show was really spectacular. Ladyhawke doesn’t have much stage presence but her music is really phenomenal. Altho she looks like James Hetfield from Metallica circa 1985 and dresses like Debbie Gibson circa 1988 her musical talent cannot be denied. I love all of her songs, I’m really glad my friend Tony introduced me to her music. Alaska in Winter was another surprise … he’s a one man band that brings the Fischerspooner sound into the hipster realm. I liked his whole performance, it was very inventive and fun. Young Love, as always, was a blast. I wanted to dance and YL did not disappoint. I’m really glad he’s got new music out cuz I really love his debut album a lot.

After the shows, I made my way out to the Red Bull Tower Party on the outskirts of Austin and chilled with my good friend Rachel and her friends. That party went until 5am but I had to leave by 2. Ugh. There is so much to do but I really have to pace myself or I’ll die ;)

Along the way, I got to meet some awesome Pink readers … I have to say hey to Denise, Alice, Keri, Gabby, Katie (who’s in Detroit and can’t be here but I heart her anyway) as well as Roberto and Jocelyn (who I met at the SESAC showcase at Volume) — who I got to take a pic with:



There is so much to do … I’m just trying to take as much in as I can and still function :) Tonight is Tori Amos and I’m so excited. I’m planning on seeing The Von Bondies and Peter Murphy before Tori so it should be a fun night. I hear there is a Chick-Fil-A around here somewhere … I’m planning to grab some food there before I get back to the fun. Expect Tweets from me all night long … Woot!

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Les News, 031909

Audrina gets her own show, Eva is TV's sexiest, 'Up' opens Cannes
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Rihanna Has Another Run-In With Police

Nothing serious, just a traffic violation

Rihanna, who has been popping up all over the country in recent weeks, has made her way back to SoCal and spent part of last night reportedly partying with Katy Perry, Hayden Panettiere among others at hotspot Les Deux. The night was going swimmingly until she piled herself into her chauffeured car on her way home. The driver ran a red light, the cops pulled him over and — Bam! Drama!


Rihanna’s late night on the town ended with another run-in with cops — but this time it was her driver, not Chris Brown, answering the questions. hortly after 2:00 AM PT, cops pulled over her driver in Hollywood for no front license plate and for tinted windows. Rihanna was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle while LAPD issued the ticket. RiRi had just wrapped up a night of partying at Les Deux.

OY! It looks like drama just follows this poor girl around. I must say that this total non-issue is great if only because she was out partying with her girlfriends rather than a certain boyfriend who is accused of assaulting her. It’s good to see Rihanna out and about again … I really hope she’s recovering well and I wish her all the best.

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Lisa Rinna Desperately Tries To Find New Work

Oh my gawd, that Lisa's shameless

Someone … please give Lisa Rinna a job … so that she can get off the streets and stop begging for one. The over-restylaned actress Lisa Rinna (who gained prominence by portraying Billie Reed on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives in the early 90′s) took to the streets of SoCal this week to publicly beg producers to let her reprise her role as Taylor McBride on the upcoming CW series redux of Melrose Place. As we learned earlier today, Heather Locklear has turned down an offer to reprise her role as Amanda Woodward on the redux so mebbe the producers will give Lisa another look? Here are photos of Rinna with the fabulous Ross Mathews (who, unwittingly, got sucked into her shameful self-promotion ploy) begging for her job back:


I mean, this is sad. I know she’s trying to be cute … but this just looks desperate. We know that producers are interested in bringing back some of the original castmembers for the redux but Rinna joined the cast of Melrose as the show started to lose popularity. She became a castmember after I quit watching the show. Casting her will not really inspire me to watch the new version of Melrose Place. I mean, I realize that the economy has got everyone feeling the pinch but begging for your job like this is so unbecoming. Would YOU give this woman a job?

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A ‘Real’ Housewife Of Orange County Finds A New Man

Not long after her leukemia-stricken fiancée passes away

Whoa! It looks like the next season of The Real Housewives of Orange County is going to come jam-packed with a whole SHIZZLOAD of new drama … and how! On the last season of The Real Housewives of Orange County we were introduced to new castmember and blonde bombshell Gretchen Rossi who was cast as the new “housewife” on the show because she was engaged to be wed to a much older man named Jeff Beitzel — who was suffering from leukemia. Thruout the season, we watched Gretchen apparently love and care for Jeff as he slowly deteriorated and then we learned that he passed away after filming of the season ended. At the reunion show at the end of the season, Gretchen was accused by fellow castmember Tamra Barney of using Jeff for his money and to achieve fame on the show — she also accused Gretchen of cheating on him with another man named Jay Photoglou … which Gretchen deftly denied. Since that time, it appears, Gretchen has gotten over the death of her fiancée and has moved on with new man Slade Smiley. Slade is no stranger to the OC reality TV series … he was featured in the first few seasons of the show as the fiancée of another “real housewife” named Jo De La Rosa (who dumped him and left the show … which meant that Slade had to leave the show, too). Here are new photos of the newly paired up Gretchen and Slade lookin’ very much in love lust:


HMMM … Gretchen sure didn’t waste any time hooking up with a new man, did she? I hate to say it but this new behavior really does make it seem that all of the “love” for her much older fiancée was not as genuine as she made it appear on the show. It seems evident to me that Gretchen and Slade will absolutely be included in the next season of the show merely because they have hooked up together. See, this is why the OC series grosses me out … but, as is clear, I just can’t stop watching. Incidentally, you may recall that Slade was recently arrested for failing to pay child support for this children … so this opportunity to get back on the show to make more money couldn’t come at a better time. As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t *wait* to see this new drama unfold on the new season of the show. I really did like Gretchen and I really believed she was in love with Jeff … and mebbe she was … but this new behavior really makes her seem like a different person. I can’t wait to hear what Tamra has to say about this.

[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]

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